Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

24 Aug 2020

IfATE Employer survey provides snapshot of COVID-19 impact on Apprenticeships


A survey into the impact of COVID-19 on apprenticeship employers has provided invaluable insight into the uptake of remote learning and recruitment concerns of smaller employers.

There were 350 responses to the survey run by the Institute across three-weeks from 1 to 22 June 2020.

The report showed that 60% of respondents with existing apprentices had said that training was still happening as distance learning.

Overall, the number of apprenticeships is likely to be lower in the coming year; 71% of respondents currently employing apprentices estimated the number of apprentices starting with them would decrease between April and September this year, compared to the same timeframe in 2019.

Respondents from large businesses had more certainty about the next year, with 76% believing they would recruit an apprentice before May 2021.

But only 44% from small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) said they would recruit an apprentice in the same time frame.

Rob Nitsch, Chief Operating Officer for the Institute, said:

 “This survey has provided a valuable snapshot view of how apprentices employers have been affected by the pandemic, which will inform our approach and our advice to the Department for Education.

“The move to distance learning and the progress apprentices have continued to make in challenging circumstances is reassuring and welcome.  We will continue to work with our network of thousands of large and smaller employers to support the on-going delivery of apprenticeships across all sectors of the economy – for the benefit of young people and business.”

You can view the report on their website.

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