Apprenticeships set to grow

 

The first survey of its kind by the AGR devoted to Apprenticeships reveals that employers are significantly scaling-up their Apprenticeship programmes in 2017, with hiring in this area set to grow by 59%.

Launched today as part of the AGR Annual Student Recruitment Conference, the Apprenticeships Survey shows that 83% of student employers are offering a total of 12,281 Apprenticeships this year.

That’s an increase of 4,581 Apprenticeships on 2016.

Of the total, intermediate level apprenticeships make up the majority with 4,492 on offer. That’s followed by 3,967 advanced apprenticeships and 3,320 higher apprenticeships.

In 2016, intermediate apprenticeships were used by the highest share of student employers and, in 2017, are also expected to increase at the fastest rate, growing by 287%. These apprenticeships paid a median starting salary of £14,000.

Salaries for graduate programmes are typically £27,500, which is more than one and a half times the median starting salary for the highest level of apprenticeship (£16,000).

However, demand for quality student talent remains strong with 74% of employers confirming that their apprenticeships will not impact graduate hiring this year.

An annual intake of apprentices is typically 1% of the workforce while an annual intake of graduates is typically 1.9%.

The report also identified that 79% of employers ask for ‘A’ levels for higher apprenticeships. 46% of intermediate and 67% of advanced schemes ask for five or more GCSEs at grade C or above.

By sector, the largest numbers of apprenticeships are available in IT/telecoms and banking, while the largest growth rates are in IT/telecoms and retail.   

All employers who took part in the survey pay the Apprenticeship Levy and, on average, expect to use 33% of Levy funds to recruit new apprentices.

Half of all respondents report that the Levy has been an incentive to start programmes, while others intend to use the funds to up-skill existing staff.    

More than half also said that managing their organisational response to the Levy has created one of their biggest challenges this year. While a further 23% are most concerned about the lack of government-approved apprenticeship standards in their sector. 

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive at the AGR said, “Demand for apprentices is rising fast, particularly in light of the Levy. Employers, universities and schools are going to need to collaborate to make sure students understand all of the opportunities open to them.”

 

 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

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Apprenticeships set to grow