The changing nature of apprenticeships: 1996-2016

13 April 2017

This research summary provides evidence of the changing nature of apprenticeships over a twenty year period (1996—2016), with a focus on a comparison of trade and non-trade apprentices and trainees. There is particular emphasis on measures which have unlocked flexibility in the system — such as the growth of adult apprentices aged 25 years and over and the increased prevalence of alternative training and pathway models enabling completion of apprentice equivalent qualifications in shortened timeframes.

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Jo Hargreaves, John Stanwick, Peta Skujins, 2017, The changing nature of apprenticeships: 1996-2016, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, viewed 23 April 2017, <>.

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