Pupils still steered towards university two years on from Baker Clause 

According to a recent YouGov survey, only 11% of 15-18-year olds are likely to be encouraged towards apprenticeships. 

The survey, commissioned by training provider JTL ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, reveals that there has only been a 3% increase since its last survey in 2017, where just 8% of 15-18-year olds had been encouraged towards apprenticeships, compared to 11% this year (2019). 

Two years on from the introduction of the Baker Clause, which was established to ensure schools give their pupils access to and information about technical education and apprenticeship opportunities, the results suggest there is still a belief amongst school children that the most likely recommendation from their school or college will be to follow a university route (73%). Only 5% of females surveyed felt they had been encouraged to become a skilled tradesperson compared to 14% of males. 

Jon Graham, chief executive of JTL, said: “These results are disappointing and show there is still much more work to be done in ensuring school leavers are fully aware of the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship. The UK is experiencing a skills shortage so apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for school leavers to embark on a career in a highly skilled and wellpaid job. We really want to challenge people’s understanding of what an apprenticeship involves and importantly what it can lead to. We also want to encourage more female and BAME learners, who are massively underrepresented within the trades to consider an apprenticeship as an option. 

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