Apprenticeships are proving a positive experience for many young people YMCA report finds

Apprenticeships are proving a positive experience for many young people YMCA report finds

Posted by Rob Tickle |  19th April 2017

The findings of a YMCA report which Rathbone Training learners have contributed to has found that four in five young people are satisfied with their experience of apprenticeships.

The ‘Work in Progress’ report investigated young people’s views on apprenticeships to find out what they believe works in the current offer and what barriers they feel are preventing apprenticeships from being the most effective route to employment and a successful career they can be.

“The overall report findings echo feedback from our apprentices and what we hear loud and clear is taking the time to understand the learner and working with them to progress their qualification and long term employment opportunities in a way that works for them is crucial to a successful apprenticeship experience,” said Candice Davies, Director for Skills and Employability at Rathbone Training.

“We also believe more needs to be done to break down the continued perception that still exists with many young people that Apprenticeships are somehow a second class option for progressing their skills and qualifications below college and university.”

The report found that more than three quarters of young people felt an apprenticeship helped improve their skills and knowledge (91%), their ability to do their job (78%), as well as their overall career prospects (82%). Almost four in five young people (79%) reported that they were offered a job at the end of their apprenticeship.

Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of the National Council of YMCAs in England and Wales, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to earn while they learn the necessary skills needed for today’s job market and our findings are proof that they are a positive experience for the majority.

“Not only do they prepare young people for the workplace but they also provide effective routes into employment with almost 80% of respondents to our research being offered a job at the end of their apprenticeship.

“However, while we welcome the Government’s focus on investing in the value of apprenticeships, we believe there is still room for improvement.

“Young people need better careers advice in schools to open up further options to them, a more realistic work-study balance that protects them from exploitation and improved support from employers to help them afford basic living costs. By putting these provisions in place, more young people will rightfully see apprenticeships as the progressive option our research has proven them to be.”

To read the full report click HERE.