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Facts About
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Did you know…

  • since 2010, over 2 million young people have started an apprenticeship in England
  • apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries including aerospace, fashion, broadcast media and finance – with 1500 job roles available
  • in 1914 most apprentices started work aged 15 to 17, compared with 19 to 24 today
  • women now take up 55% of apprenticeships
  • 19% of apprentices progress to Higher Education
  • higher apprenticeships are available in 40 subjects
  • 86% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship
  • 67% of apprentices stay with the same employer
  • 83% said their ability to do the job and their career prospects had improved
  • 100 years ago an apprentice could be summoned to court for being ‘idle’ or having a ‘bad attitude’
  • more than 850,000 people have been earning and learning on an apprenticeship in 2013 to 2014
  • up to 25,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online at any one time
  • there were 1.4 million online applications in 2012 to 2013
  • there has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an apprenticeship

Facts about apprenticeship employers

Did you know…

  • 1,000 businesses are now involved in designing the new apprenticeship standards – the first new apprenticeships due to be delivered in 2014 to 2015
  • the government invested 1.5bn in apprenticeships in 2013 to 2014
  • businesses report an average increase in productivity by £214 a week when they hire apprentices
  • from April 2016, employers will no longer be required to pay employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 on earnings up to the upper earnings limit
  • if you’re a small business, you may get a £1500 grant to help cover the cost of starting a new apprentice aged 16 to 24 years old
  • 84% of employers say they are satisfied with the programme
  • nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice (96%) reports benefits to their business
  • 72% reported that apprenticeships improved their productivity or the quality of their product or service
  • apprenticeship reforms are putting employers in the driving seat
  • 12 months minimum duration just one part of commitment to quality
  • there has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an apprenticeship.