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CEP discussion paper

The Returns to Apprenticeship Training


This paper uses recent data from the UK Labour Force Survey to estimate the wage gains that individuals make on average if they complete an apprenticeship programme. The results suggest gains of around 5-7% for men, but no benefit for women. Further analysis extends the results by considering the returns by age group, by qualification obtained, by highest prior qualification and by industrial sector. A key finding emerging from this further analysis is the importance of acquiring qualifications with the apprenticeship, at level 3 or above.


Steven McIntosh

March 2004     Paper Number CEPDP0622

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This CEP discussion paper is published under the centre's Education and skills programme.