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CEP discussion paper
The Returns to Apprenticeship Training
Steven McIntosh
March 2004
Paper No' CEPDP0622:
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JEL Classification: J24

Tags: apprenticeship; wage equations

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.