10 facts you must read during #NAW2017

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National Apprenticeship Week takes place this week (6th to 10th March) and marks ten years of promoting apprenticeships in the UK.


Today, we provide  10 key facts about apprenticeships and their importance and value to the sector and the wider economy:


Top 10 facts:

1) 72% of manufacturers say raising awareness of apprenticeships will get more young people into engineering

 2) 79% of manufacturers were committed to recruiting engineering apprentices in 2016 - 45% were committed to recruiting apprentices in other parts of the business

3) 46% of manufacturers say they will increase their intake of engineering apprentices as a result of the new Apprenticeship Levy - 35% say they will recruit apprentices in other areas

4) A quarter of manufacturers (26%) believe the Apprenticeship Levy could encourage more young people to choose apprenticeships - three in ten (29%) see it as an opportunity to increase apprenticeships within their business

5) In 2015/16 there were 78,480 manufacturing and engineering apprenticeship starts, representing 15% of all apprenticeship starts for the year

6) 40% of manufacturing and engineering apprenticeships in 2015-16 were at advanced or higher level

7) Only 7% of students at state-funded mainstream schools and colleges went on to an apprenticeship after key stage 5 compared to 48% that went on to a UK higher education institution

8) 55% of those who completed an apprenticeship last year were female – but women made up less than 6% of those who completed a STEM apprenticeship

9) Three-quarters of manufacturers say all their apprentices stay with the company upon completion of their apprenticeship

10) The average hourly pay rate for engineering apprentices is £6.50, almost double the minimum rate and engineering apprentices are more likely to receive a bonus


#NAW2017 infographic from @EEF_Economists



Head of Education & Skills Policy

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