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‘Earn while you learn’ the biggest pull for apprentices

More than nine in ten apprentices feel their experience of learning in live manufacturing situations has helped to accelerate their career and believe it is better than going to university.


90% of apprentices surveyed would recommend an apprenticeship over university study.

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Training provider In-Comm Training asked students for their opinions on vocational learning, with 90 per cent saying they would recommend an apprenticeship over university study.

When asked what they liked best about being an apprentice, two thirds cited the ability to earn while they learn, while a quarter cited the fact that they could immediately apply their learning to a real-world environment.

Bekki Phillips, Managing Director of In-Comm Training, said:

 “There has been a massive change in attitudes towards vocational learning and that is reflected in the number of young people that are now choosing to go down the apprenticeship route as their ‘first choice’ and not as a backstop.

“In addition to being able to apply learning to live manufacturing situations, we have estimated that doing an apprenticeship all the way through to degree level could be a £100,000 opportunity when you consider the wages you are paid and the tuition fees that you save.

“Better still, all apprentices are employed from day one and benefit from clear progression routes to further their career. A lot of the manufacturing leaders of today will have started out as an apprentice.”

This research follows the launch of The Greater Manchester Levy Matchmaking Service - a new matchmaking portal which enables SMEs to access funding for apprenticeships via the Apprenticeship Levy.

Impartial support with apprenticeships is available in Greater Manchester through our Apprenticeship Growth Service.

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