DetailFacts about apprenticeships


Did you know…

  • in 2014 the most popular apprenticeship was health and social care
  • since 2010, there have been over 2 million apprenticeship starts in England 
  • apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries including aerospace, fashion, broadcast media and finance – with 1500 job roles available
  • in 1914 most apprentices started work aged 15 to 17, compared with 19 to 24 today
  • women now take up 55% of apprenticeships
  • 19% of advanced apprentices progress to Higher Education
  • higher apprenticeships are available in 40 subjects
  • 100 years ago the most common apprenticeship was dressmaking, followed by engineering
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship (includes 2% self-employed)
  • 71% of apprentices stay with the same employer
  • 82% said their apprenticeship had improved their ability to do the job and 79% said that their career prospects had improved 
  • 100 years ago an apprentice could be summoned to court for being ‘idle’ or having a ‘bad attitude’
  • more than 850,000 people have been earning and learning on an apprenticeship in 2013 to 2014
  • up to 25,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online at any one time
  • there were 1.4 million online applications in 2012 to 2013
  • there has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an apprenticeship

Facts about apprenticeships and the economy

  • the National Audit Office has estimated that for every pound of government investment in apprenticeships, the economy gets £18 back
  • when wider benefits are included, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills estimated the return on investment to be even higher, at £28 for every pound of government investment
  • £1.566 billion government investment in 2013 to 2014
  • apprenticeships estimated to contribute £34 billion to the UK economy in 2014

Sources: SFA data; National Audit Office; Ancestry; the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

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About Paul Champion

Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for www.3aaa.co.uk where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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