Progression Pathways project: return on investment in apprentices

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Skyblue Research; Skills for Care (Organization)
Skills for Care
Date of publication
1 April 2014
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Education and Skills, Employment
Social welfare
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The Progression Pathways Project aims to embed the use of Apprenticeships for recruitment and career progression within Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the adult social care sector. Twelve businesses took part in the project in its first year to identify the return on investment over the lifetime of their Apprenticeships.

Apprentices appear to be approximately £2,000 per year less expensive than alternative provision that organisations would use. On average each Apprentice will bring in almost £10,000 more than they cost over the lifetime of their Apprenticeship. Six of the thirteen scenarios explored with employers would nonetheless leave the recruiting businesses worse off at the end of the Apprenticeship than they would have been had they undertaken their ‘alternative provision’, particularly when this would have involved recruiting more experienced staff, who could ‘hit the ground running’. In comparison, four of the thirteen scenarios leave businesses better off. Based on the small sample of 12, Adult Residential Care and Supported Living Services organisations appear to get greater benefits from Apprentices than Domiciliary Care organisations, since Domiciliary Care providers incur more supervision costs related to Apprentices.

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