More apprentices progress into Higher Education

11th May 2014

The Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock has announced that more apprentices are progressing into Higher Education following their apprenticeship.

Research shows that overall, almost 20 per cent of advanced apprentices moved onto Higher Education following the completion of their apprenticeship, which is an increase from 15 per cent the previous year. Cohorts of apprentices have been tracked for 7 years since 2005/2006 and there have been more than 32,000 people that have made the progression in total.

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: evidence that advanced apprenticeships can promote social mobility and support those that want to move into Higher Education.

The minister went on to highlight the growth of higher apprenticeships and the government’s commitment to fund an extra 20,000 higher apprenticeships over the next 2 years.