Creating and Supporting Expansive Apprenticeships

This guide by Alison Fuller and Lorna Unwin has been designed to help employers and providers analyse how Apprenticeships are currently organised and to identify where improvement can be made.

The guide will support the development of and management of expansive Apprenticeships. Expansive Apprenticeships make demands on apprentices, their employers and on training providers by maximising the added value that an Apprenticeship can bring to workforce performance.


Productivity Matters: The impact of Apprenticeships on the UK economy

Apprenticeship completions over the next decade are forecast to contribute £3.4 billion a year to the economy through productivity gains by 2022, according to a report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) released on 11 March 2013 to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week.

The report, Productivity Matters: The impact of Apprenticeships on the UK economy, presents Cebr’s analysis of the contribution of Apprenticeships to the economy, examining current trends and future developments and exploring the productivity impact of Apprenticeships.


Apprenticeship Training Agencies: A guide to setting up an ATA was developed with funding support from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and prepared by CFE (Research and Consulting) Limited. This guide provides information and guidance to help prospective Apprenticeship Training Agencies identify the key considerations they need to take into account when establishing an Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA). The guide is intended for organisations, including providers and other sector bodies, which are investigating the ATA model.


Progression of Apprentices into Higher Education

Research undertaken by the University of Greenwich which looks at the progression into HE of level 3 Apprenticeship completers. The research matches ILR and HE data sets to track cohorts of completers from 2004-5 to 2010-11. The report shows that 15.4% of the 2004-5 cohort have progressed into HE. It breaks this down to show the type HE qualification, the institutions and the sectors of study. The report also gives regional, sector and demographic finding. The intention is to repeat this work on a regular basis to extend the information. In future we can expect to see the Higher Apprenticeships featuring in the results.


Higher Apprenticeships

Recent research1 into stimulating the supply and support of Higher Apprenticeships through the engagement with professional bodies identified that 70% of to the professional bodies interviewed, believed that Higher Apprenticeships were a great way for professionals in their sector to become fully qualified.


Review of Apprenticeship Related Research

This section includes an initial review of Apprenticeship research publications for the two year period up to March 2012 and monthly updates related publications on a monthly basis. The content includes both UK and some world publications relating to Apprenticeships.


Review of Apprenticeships Research: Final Report and Updated Review (2013)

Final report of the review of Apprenticeship research undertaken over the 12 month period up to March 2013. The report updates the previous summary report published in 2012 setting out key research findings across a number of key aspects of Apprenticeships. The report picks up on the key information from the Apprenticeship research covered in the previously published monthly updates.


Key Apprenticeship research reports 

Evaluation of Apprenticeships: London Region Findings

This report presents selected findings from the Evaluation of Apprenticeships and was produced to provide insight into the views of apprentices and employers of apprentices in the London region. The evaluation was conducted in late 2011 and included quantitative surveys of apprentices and employers. The reports from the main England-wide surveys were published in May 2012.


Employer Investment in Apprenticeships in the Health Sector

This report focuses on the net cost to employers and the period over which the investment is likely to be recouped for Apprenticeship training in the health sector. It is an extension to the sectors covered in the previously published Fifth Net Benefits to Employers Study and looks at three frameworks delivered in the National Health Service; Clinical support roles, Business Administration and Engineering.