Proportion of apprentices choosing accountancy falls

Accountancy is no longer the most dominant higher apprenticeship course, according to a report by the department for Business, Innovations and Skills (BIS).

The Apprenticeships Evaluation 2015 report showed that in 2014, 60 per cent of Level 4 apprentices were in accountancy, while for 2015 it dropped significantly, to 28 per cent.

As these numbers fell, the proportion of people on higher apprenticeships – which are Level 4 and above – increased slightly. Higher apprentices accounted for two per cent of total completed apprentices, up from 0.7 per cent in 2014, as well as four per cent of total current apprentices, up from two per cent in 2014.

Other frameworks saw increases to their numbers, as people moved away from accountancy and into sectors such as business and health.

Those people pursuing a higher apprenticeship were more likely to have got onto their course through their place of work, with 67 per cent being existing employees, looking to gain more qualifications. For those in the health sector, 88 per cent of those working towards a professional qualification were existing employees.

The majority of those who had not been existing employees were recruited specifically to an apprenticeship, with 32 per cent of those pursuing a professional qualification joining in this way.