Work in Progress

YMCA today launches new research highlighting the positive impacts of apprenticeships on young people (Wednesday 5 April 2017).

Our report, called Work in Progress, is released ahead of the new Apprenticeship Levy that will require all UK employers with an annual wage bill of more than £3 million to pay a levy as part of the Government’s drive to create three million new Apprenticeships by 2020.

Alongside young people’s backing for vocational routes into work, we also highlight recommendations and improvements to make them work better for even more young people striving to pursue long-term, sustainable careers.

Major findings from our research include:

  • 80% of young people would recommend an apprenticeship to others while more than three quarters said going on an apprenticeship would improve their skills and career prospects
  • 79% of young people surveyed were offered a job at the end of their apprenticeship
  • Less than one in four young people (22%) received information about apprenticeships from teachers and lecturers while almost a quarter (24%) said they found it difficult to balance study and work elements of their apprenticeships.
  • Just over one third of young people (35%) said the salary they received while on an apprenticeship was enough to cover basic living costs.

Read our research, press release and blog below and let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook.

Download our research

The Government is working to oversee a rapid expansion of the apprenticeship system in an attempt to help young people gain the necessary skills to enter into the workplace and progress in their chosen career. However, despite the political capital afforded to them, in many cases, apprenticeships continue to be seen as a ‘second class’ option for young people, and for others, not an option at all, echoing wider public perceptions. This research aims to put young people’s voices at the forefront of the apprenticeship debate examining what works – and what doesn’t – for them.

Download our research

Carlie’s story – making apprenticeships work for me

Carlie is one of many young people who has taken on an apprenticeship. She tells YMCA Stories why she started her business and administration apprenticeship and why she thinks they’re a great way to get young people into the workplace.

Read Carlie’s story

Read our press release

More than three quarters of young people say going on an apprenticeship improved their skills and career prospects while four in five would recommend them to others, according to new research from YMCA. Speaking as part of the youth charity’s Work in Progress report – released today ahead of the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy that will help secure funding for three million apprenticeship starts over the course of this Parliament – young people overwhelmingly backed the benefits of a vocational route into work.

Read our press release
Denise Hatton, CEO of YMCA England

Blog: It’s time to stop stigmatising apprenticeships

Deciding what to do after leaving school can be a daunting task for many young people. Figuring out the rest of your life is never an easy decision but, for today’s generation, it’s probably harder than ever. In our latest blog, we look at why apprenticeships are an important option for young people looking to enter the world of work.

Read Denise’s blog