Record numbers choosing apprenticeships after A-Level

Record numbers choosing apprenticeships after A-Level

Posted by Rob Tickle |  16th August 2017

As over 300,000 students prepare to get their A-Level results tomorrow, record numbers of young people are looking to apprenticeships as the next positive step on their career path.

In the 2015/2016 academic year there were over 130,000 apprenticeship starts aged under 19 as many young people like Heather and Beth, who are studying Childcare apprenticeships with Rathbone Training at Fairytales Day Nursery in Dudley, look to gain the skills and qualifications they need whilst gaining valuable experience with an employer.

Last year we worked with over 5,000 young people like Heather and Beth to help them take the next step to the job of their dreams.

“A-Level results day marks one of the most important days in many young people’s lives as they digest their results and decide what their next step should be. This is where organisations like Rathbone Training can make a real difference to young people’s lives by providing them with a clear and supportive path to work through routes like apprenticeships,” said Ian Webber, Managing Director of Rathbone Training.

“The benefits of apprenticeships are now well documented and the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April is encouraging more businesses to invest in apprenticeships, this is fantastic news for young people keen to progress in the world of work.”

Some of the main benefits of apprenticeships include:

  • Over 90 per cent of apprentices currently go into work or further training
  • 36 per cent of higher apprentice’s report getting a promotion after completing their apprenticeship
  • Higher apprentices could earn £150,000 more on average over their lifetime compared to those with level 3 vocational qualifications

Our work with young people began with pioneering youth campaigner Elfrida Rathbone, who opened her first school for disadvantaged children in London over 100 years ago.

Elfrida believed that every child should have the opportunity to learn and fulfil their potential, an ethos that is still central to our work today.