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Journal article
Do apprenticeships pay? Evidence for England
Chiara Cavaglia, Sandra McNally and Guglielmo Ventura
April 2020
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Tags: apprenticeships; earnings return; gender gap; poor productivity

The importance of apprenticeships for early labour market transitions varies across countries and over time. In recent times, there has been a policy drive to increase the number of people undertaking apprenticeships in England. This is regarded as important for addressing poor productivity. We investigate whether there is a positive return to undertaking an apprenticeship for young people. We use detailed administrative data to track recent cohorts of young school leavers as they transition to the labour market. Our results suggest that apprenticeships lead to a positive average earnings return (at least in the short run), although there is stark variation between sectors. This is an important driver of the gender gap in earnings.