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Apprenticeships lead to happier lives and boost career progression, according to a major survey conducted by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

The SDS Apprenticeship Wellbeing Survey looked at the long-term benefits and effects on wellbeing of Modern Apprenticeships (MAs).

The survey was supported by over 2000 individuals from across Scotland who left their apprenticeship between one and three years ago.

Personal and professional benefits

Results revealed high levels of well-being – higher than the general population - on satisfaction, worthwhile and happiness measures.

High levels of personal and career development were also reported, showing an increase from previous findings looking at outcomes in the short term.

Read the topline findings of Apprenticeship Wellbeing Survey here

Apprentices told SDS that they have gained confidence and knowledge through their apprenticeship, and participating in one has increased opportunities in their career.

The survey forms part of research work looking at the long-term outcomes for apprentices, which was recommended as part of a framework developed with SDS by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

It builds on and supports the findings of previous large-scale surveys with those who were six to nine months post completion of their Modern Apprenticeship.

The work also supports Impact research being conducted through the Centre for Work Based Learning.

Katie Hutton, Director of National Training Programmes at Skills Development Scotland said: “The Apprenticeship Wellbeing Survey provides additional evidence that taking an apprenticeship has a positive, long term effect for those who take one, which is ensuring businesses have confident, happy and skilled employees.

“Demonstrating the benefits of apprenticeships is also vital in encouraging participation and uptake from both employers and individuals.”

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