Qualification ‘fast becoming the norm’, says minister
Fifty-four per cent of young people in the UK would opt to undertake an apprenticeship if one were available to them, new research has claimed.
This figure rose to 56 per cent among university students, and to 66 per cent of young people who were already employed but received no training, according to statistics published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The research, based on interviews with 1,000 14- to 24-year-olds carried out by ICM, comes ahead of this year’s A-Level results, which are due out on Thursday.
Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: “Apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for school leavers who want to earn while they learn and forge a successful career, as this data shows.
“We are introducing more than 40 new Higher Apprenticeships this year so young people can now enter areas as diverse as space engineering and law. With exam results out soon, I would urge more young people to consider whether an apprenticeship could be the right option for them.”
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