In celebrating 100 years of apprenticeships and the National Apprenticeship Week, it is interesting to note the changes in the most common apprenticeships in 1914 compared with 2014 were.

1914                                  2014

1. Dressmaking                1. Health and Social Care

2. Engineering                 2. Business Administration

3. Carpentry                     3. Management

4. Drapery                        4. Hospitality and catering

5. Millinery                       5. Customer Service

6. Fitting                           6. Children’s care learning and development

7. Joinery                          7. Retail

8. Tailoring                       8. Construction skills

9. Plumbing                      9. Engineering

10. Printing                       10. Hairdressing

1911 Census                       National Audit Office & others

Today, women now make up 55% of apprenticeships and 19% of advanced apprentices progress to Higher Education.  90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship.  Businesses report an average increase in productivity by £214.00 a week when they hire apprentices. In 1914 most apprentices started between ages of 15 – 17, today it is between 19 – 24.  Almost 9 in 10 of every employer that takes on an apprentice report benefits to their business.

Current statistics show that we are starting to see an end to the barely concealed snobbery of people thinking apprenticeships aren’t the path to a good career. In fact, they are becoming the first choice for earning and learning.  More women seizing the opportunity of undertaking apprenticeships is proof that apprenticeships are no longer seen as ‘jobs for the boys’, whilst also marking a positive new era where university is no longer seen as the only option.

At Testing Talent our modern online testing helps all types of businesses across a wide range of sectors attract new talented apprentices that increases productivity for the employer.  We provide a range of aptitude and skills based testing together with individual potential and team profiles  that allows the organistion to consider a risk analysis process in recruiting apprentices.  For a no obligation discussion on your requirements contact us.