Apprentices move on to senior jobs

One in five firms have former apprentices in senior management jobs, new research has shown.

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The South West is the best region for ex-apprentices to reach a board-level position

The figure is almost half in construction companies, while the South West is the best region for ex-apprentices to reach a board-level position.

City & Guilds said manufacturing, engineering, agriculture and energy companies also employ above-average numbers of senior staff who started their careers as apprentices.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: " As we can see from this research, today's apprentice could be tomorrow's board director. Nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice reports benefits to their business."