Half considering apprenticeships as route into employment

The latest research from Opinium, on behalf of†AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), †found that†half (50%) of school students say they will consider an apprenticeship after leaving school as their route into employment.

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The main reasons for young people considering an apprenticeship over university were so they can start earning money straight away (37%) or so they can get valuable work experience (35%).†

UK firms responding to changing attitudes

The research also found that thee in five UK firms (58%) do not look for candidates with a degree when recruiting entry-level roles ? only 16 per cent said they always want their new employees to have a degree. Far more important than qualifications gained was for the candidate to have the right attitude (49%), followed by relevant work experience (23%).

Three quarters (77%) of UK firms think that more young people will choose different routes into employment including apprenticeships. Just under two thirds (63%) of those think they will change the way they recruit new staff in future. Three in ten (29%) will increasingly take apprenticeships into consideration and a further 19 per cent will attach less importance to a degree in their recruitment policy.

The research coincided with†National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March).