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Eight in 10 (79%) of those who participated in the survey reported a very high level of satisfaction with their apprenticeship, scoring it eight or more out of 10.
The majority who responded also had the ambition to remain with their current employer. This supports an earlier SDS survey of individuals at approximately six months post-apprenticeship*, which reported that most were still working for the same employer.
The Modern Apprenticeship In-Training Survey was conducted by SDS to understand current Modern Apprentices’ perceptions of their employment and training experience.
The survey also revealed that the opportunity to learn new skills was the reason most gave for taking an apprenticeship, over other popular motivations such as the level of qualification to be gained.
In addition, the quality of the training aspect of the apprenticeship was rated highly by the apprentices.
Katie Hutton said: “The in-training survey forms part of our continuous improvement work, ensuring that we gain feedback from apprentices on their level of satisfaction and the quality of their apprenticeship.
“The results provide some interesting insight into apprentices, in terms of aspirations and motivations. Most are satisfied with their job, indicating that apprenticeships can help businesses effectively manage employee retention.”
The research follows an Apprenticeship Wellbeing Survey, conducted by SDS and published earlier this year to understand long-term outcomes for those who had completed apprenticeships, with respondents reporting high levels of wellbeing and satisfaction.
The findings of the survey have been welcomed by Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn, who said:
“I am delighted to see the results of this survey and the high satisfaction scores from Modern Apprentices which reflect the partnership between apprentices, employers, and training providers to ensure the success of Scotland’s Apprenticeship system.
“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for individuals to gain the skills and experience they need to succeed in the world of work and I am particularly heartened to read that 96% of Modern Apprentices would recommend Apprenticeships to others.”
Key findings from the Modern Apprenticeship In-Training Survey can be found on the SDS website here.
*Modern Apprenticeships Intermediate Outcomes report, 2016