The research looked at the background of adults who decided to undertake apprenticeships. It also covered how far investment in apprenticeships has been directed towards up-skilling individuals with lower skill levels, especially for those without prior attainment at full level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A to C or NVQ level 2).
The research explored apprentices, in terms of:
- whether they had worked for their employer prior to undertaking the apprenticeship and for how long
- the size of their employer
The research looked specifically at the highest prior qualifications of adults (aged 19 plus) who were undertaking apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships in November 2011.