Posted on: 03 February 2020

Find out about this form of learning for National Apprenticeship Week

This year, 3rd to 7th February is National Apprenticeship Week which celebrates and recognises apprentices in the UK.

Apprentices make a huge difference to the businesses that they work for, whilst as an employer, you will be making a huge difference to an apprentice’s career. Carry on reading to find out some facts about apprenticeships and how an apprentice can make a positive difference to business.

Apprenticeships – the facts

The practice of taking on an apprentice to learn from a business owner dates back hundreds of years, but the principle of on the job training has stuck around since then.

The current system, which combines academic studies and on the job training, was introduced in 1964 to avoid skill shortages in industries that required skilled workers, such as technicians or engineers. Following a restructuring in the 90s and 2000s, there are now apprenticeship frameworks in a huge variety of different sectors, such as hospitality, business, law and trades.

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Apprenticeships – the facts summary

Every year, thousands of learners and employers enjoy the benefits of apprenticeships.

Take a look at some of the amazing statistics about apprenticeships below.

Apprenticeship starts

How many people started apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a popular method of study in the UK, with numbers of starters on apprenticeship programmes on the rise.

This growth stalled in the 2016/2017 year, most likely due to the initially misunderstood apprenticeship levy. However, this form of learning has since started to grow in popularity again.

The total for all apprenticeship starters was:

  • 2013/2014 – 440,000
  • 2014/2015 – 500,000
  • 2015/2016 – 509,000
  • 2016/2017 – 495,000
  • 2017/2018 – 376,000
  • 2018/2019 – 393,000

Why train an apprentice?

  • 90% of apprentices stay with their business following the completion of their study.
  • The minimum wage for an apprentice was £3.90 in 2019, rising to £4.15 in 2020. Employing an apprentice will allow you to grow your staff pool whilst keeping costs down.
  • 80% of employers said that an apprentice improved productivity at their business.
  • 96% of employers said that an apprentice was beneficial for their business.

Standards available

What options do learners have?

The subjects of an apprenticeship that will be taught are called an apprenticeship standard.

According to the Institute for Apprenticeships, there are currently 673 different standards available and in development.

Who are apprenticeships for?

46% of people starting an apprenticeship in 2018/19 were over the age of 25

  • 16-24 – 54%
  • 25+ - 46%

The blend of genders starting on apprenticeships have been fairly close, however there has been a slightly higher proportion of females.

  • 2013/2014 female starts – 233,000
  • 2013/2014 male starts – 207,000
  • 2014/2015 female starts – 265,000
  • 2014/2015 male starts – 235,000
  • 2015/2016 female starts – 269,000
  • 2015/2016 male starts – 241,000
  • 2016/2017 female starts – 264,000
  • 2016/2017 male starts – 231,000
  • 2017/2018 female starts – 184,000
  • 2017/2018 male starts – 192,000
  • 2018/2019 female starts – 197,000
  • 2018/2019 male starts – 196,000

Apprenticeships at Premierline

At Premierline, we are proud to offer our own apprenticeship programme through FWD Training and Consultancy Limited. Apprentices at Premierline study towards the Certificate in Insurance Practitioner or Diploma in Insurance Professional qualifications, depending on the level of study, as well as other Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) qualifications.

This training ensures that the team at Premierline are trained to be leaders in the field, passing on knowledge, experience and expertise onto our customers for a great service. Speak to one of our trained insurance advisors for your business insurance needs.

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