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Following the completion of their apprenticeship, 76% of employers were willing to make a full-time job offer to apprentices.

The recent survey by Positive Outcomes, which was completed by 100 UK employers, highlights the increasing importance of apprenticeships to businesses.

As part of the survey, employers were asked: ‘Have you taken on apprentices, and offered them full-time work, once they’ve completed their apprenticeship with you?’ to which 76% said that ‘yes’ they had, with only 24% saying ‘no’.

Respondents to the study were also asked: ‘Do you believe apprenticeships give young adults an advantage when going for jobs against other who haven’t taken an apprenticeship?’ to which 87% said ‘yes’. Just 13% said ‘no’.

In addition, employers were also asked about the starting salary that they would be prepared to provide former apprentices – with 60% answering that they would be prepared to pay a starting salary of anywhere between £14,000 and £18,000 per annum.

Kelly Ball, managing director of Positive Outcomes, said: “The survey shows that apprenticeships can be a great way of securing a full-time position, with more than three quarters of employers hiring former apprentices to a permanent job. When you consider the battle that new graduates face to secure a position having completed their degree, an apprentice is in a much better place to secure a long-term role.”

Ball continues: “Also, candidates that have completed apprenticeships with a company, are in a position to earn a starting salary significantly higher than the minimum wage. Apprenticeships have long been criticised for paying low wages, but candidates have to remember that they’re being paid to learn, and in return, they’re also gaining an internationally recognised qualification. However, most importantly, this survey shows that, following the completion of the course, there are many opportunities for apprentices to take a full-time position and earn a much higher salary.”

Ultimately, this survey mirrors recent findings that 93% of employers would hire an apprentice over a graduate, suggesting that on the path to full-time work, an apprenticeship may prove to be more lucrative with apprentices holding the potential to earn 270% more than university graduates.