The changing nature of apprenticeships: 1996–2016
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH
Adult apprentices now represent a significant proportion of all apprentices in training, with 28% in the trades and 45% in the non-trades compared with 8% and 22% respectively, 20 years ago.
For the first time since 1996, a decline in the number of non-trade apprentices has resulted in the proportion of trade and non-trade apprentices converging, across both age groups, but more so for the younger group.
The increasing prevalence of and support for alternative models of apprenticeship delivery, in particular, the proportion of adult apprentices completing a trade apprenticeship in two years or fewer, has increased markedly over time, from around 28% in 1996 to over 50% in 2016.
Adult trade apprentice completion rates have steadily increased over time, while younger trade apprentice completion rates are on a slow but steady decline