Apprenticeships for graduates: a growing market?

  • Anna Vall Navés
  • 03 January 2020

Since they were introduced in 2015, Level 6 and 7 apprenticeships have made apprenticeship programmes a potentially appealing option for university graduates. But four years on, 70% of employers are still marketing their apprenticeships exclusively to school leavers—are they missing out?

Is there a market for apprenticeships among university students and graduates?

Of the employers we surveyed in 2019, 30% were already marketing their apprenticeship programmes to school leavers. Additionally, we found that it is becoming increasingly common for companies to align their graduate schemes to a Level 7 apprenticeship standard, meaning graduates obtain qualifications equivalent to a master’s degree after joining the company. Tax and assurance graduates at EY, for instance, now have to complete a Level 7 apprenticeship. But is there genuinely an interest in appr...

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