Apprenticeships forging the way ahead for innovative, global Britain says  Make UK

Apprenticeships forging the way ahead for innovative, global Britain says Make UK

Posted in News on Feb 03, 2020 by

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As National Apprenticeship Week begins, Make UK is celebrating the success of manufacturing apprenticeships which are providing a much needed skills boost for our sector and playing a key role in upskilling employees for new exciting digital roles as in automated production.

To support the cause Make UK has complied key facts about apprenticeships in the manufacturing industry and their importance for the wider economy. Skilled people are central to UK manufacturing and powering growth –with manufacturers constantly retraining their existing workforces to take advantage of technological change and embed it in their businesses.

  1. 76% of manufacturers are currently offering apprenticeships to secure the skills they need (Source: Make UK)
  2. For level 3 manufacturing apprentices, there was a 76% completion rate. (Source: DfE, 2020)
  3. 58% of manufacturers use their training budget to re-train workers for another part of the business (Source: Make UK)
  4. 68% of manufacturers plan to spend their training budget on technical engineering skills. (Source: Make UK)
  5. Average pay for engineering apprentices is almost double the minimum rate (BEIS Apprentice Pay Survey)
  6. 43% of manufactures would fast-track a T-Level student on to a higher apprenticeship (Make UK)

However, Make UK also says there is more work to do revealing statistics such as:

  1. Only 4% of students at state-funded mainstream schools and colleges went on to an apprenticeship after key stage 4 compared to 61% that went on to a UK higher education institution (DFE, 2020).
  2. The number of girls taking on engineering apprenticeships was only 8% (Engineering UK, 2018)

Make UK Alice Tranter, Labour Market & Skills Policy Advisor said:

“With manufacturers offering apprenticeships at all levels including degree, school leavers have ample choice and flexibility to earn whilst they learn and gain the transferable skills required for a changing modern workforce.

“National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect platform for manufacturers to highlight the opportunities apprenticeships bring and how our sector is fuelling the next generation of innovators who will be taking British businesses to the next level on the global stage.”


By Make UK