In the UK there is strong evidence that individuals who acquire an apprenticeship qualification go on to have good labour market prospects in terms of their earnings and indeed their employability. This is consistent with international evidence on the high economic value of these qualifications for individuals.
The aim of this research is to identify whether there are key determinants of firms’ engagement with the apprenticeship programme that may be susceptible to policy intervention.
The research used 2 data sets, namely the National Employers Skills Survey (NESS) and the Annual Business Inquiry (ABI) to undertake the research. The former contains detailed information on a range of skills issues faced by firms and variables measuring their engagement with the apprenticeship programme. The latter provides additional information on the productivity, capital investment and employment characteristics of firms.