Date of release: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thousands more apprentices move into higher educationThousands more apprentices are progressing into higher education, according to new research from the University of Greenwich. The findings were launched this week by the Skills & Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP.

Overall, almost 20 per cent of advanced apprentices moved onto higher education following the completion of their apprenticeship, according to the latest figures from a longitudinal study commissioned by the government’s department for Business, Innovation & Enterprise (BIS).

Report authors Hugh Joslin and Sharon Smith, from the Centre for Leadership & Enterprise in the university’s Faculty of Education & Health, have tracked apprentices for seven years since 2005/2006, finding that more than 32,000 have progressed in that time.

The Minister said: “This research shows the opportunities available to apprentices are vast and apprenticeships can help people progress into the next stage of learning to help boost their prospects of getting a rewarding career.

“I want it to become the new norm for young people to either choose an apprenticeship or begin university. These new figures show that apprenticeships offer qualifications which will support young people throughout their working life.”

The research also shows that a number of those people that moved onto higher education were from a more disadvantaged background and less likely to attend university straight from school or college. The authors argue that this shows that advanced apprenticeships have a role to play in promoting social mobility and supporting those that want to move into higher education.

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