Search Our Site

We have 3,748,475 registered online learners.
11 new learners so far today.

Boosting number of apprentices could benefit UK economy

schedule 17th December 2014 by Virtual College in Virtual College Last updated on 7th July 2016

With the UK government taking action to challenge the country's skills shortage, increasing the number of apprenticeships would significantly improve Britain's annual gross domestic product (GDP) rate - according to a new report.

Research from the National Audit Office revealed that on average, for every £1 of public funding towards apprenticeships, the economy gains £18 - indicating a growing need for vocational training.

In a recent article for the Telegraph, Mark Boleat - policy chairman of the City of London Corporation - wrote that many businesses are struggling to fill vacancies due to a lack of required skills and training.

Mr Boleat compares the UK's current vocational training system to that of other countries. Australia and Germany both have a higher number of apprentices than England, with the former executing more robust apprenticeship schemes that last between three and four years and in which the learner becomes a qualified tradesperson upon completion.

On the other hand, two-thirds of apprentices in Germany - who are mainly under 25 years old - go on to secure permanent employment by the end of the scheme, choosing from around 350 occupations.

In a report released by UK think-tank Demos, it was estimated that if the number of apprentices in Britain was boosted to similar levels of Australia and Germany, the country's GDP would increase to £4 billion a year.

Therefore, further engagement between schools, colleges and employers is needed in order to move forward effectively.

But the future of young people has already begun to look optimistic. In London, the number of digital technology firms has increased by 28 per cent to 34,000 in the past five years. And with technology continuing to expand across a range of platforms, it's likely that such businesses will want to inspire the next generation of scientists and technologists.

Virtual College provide a range of online tools and resources to further education colleges and training providers to support apprenticeship delivery. To learn more, please visit:

Virtual College Logo

Author: Virtual College

The latest training news brought to you by Virtual College. We create innovative digital learning experiences that inspire people to develop the skills they need to thrive in their careers; enhancing and enriching the organisations they work in. For 24 years, we have been developing and supplying collaborative, customer-focused e-learning technology for organisations world-wide.

ISO 9001:2015
Crown Commercial Service Supplier
LPI Accredited Learning Technologies Provider


+44 (0)1943 605 976

Virtual College

Marsel House


West Yorkshire

LS29 8DD

Awards for footer
Gold and silver award winners at the Learning Technologies Awards 2017 - including gold for excellence in the design of learning content.


We are in the process of moving to one Virtual College website. If you want to go back to a course, or start a course, bought from our old website then you may need to login to our original learning management system. Otherwise, please proceed to our new learning management system to return to your training.


You are already logged in. Click the button below to be taken to your LMS dashboard. Alternatively, click logout to leave the system.