15 Apprenticeship Predictions for 2024/25

In 2024, the apprenticeship landscape continues to evolve, driven by technological advancements, altered workforce dynamics, and educational changes. 

We’re sharing 15 apprenticeship predictions for 2024 and 2025, shedding light on emerging trends and opportunities. 


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1) Hybrid Apprenticeships

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With the growing acceptance of remote work and digital learning, hybrid apprenticeships will become increasingly popular. A hybrid approach means a blend of both in office and home working. A survey conducted in 2023 by Student Development involving 162 employers showed that 74% of apprentices worked from home one or two days a week.

Since COVID-19, many employers are more equipped to ensure apprentices have remote support in place to provide a rich learning experience, whether that be in the classroom, or from the comfort of your own home. 


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2) Focus on Digital Skills

In response to rapid digital transformation across numerous industries, apprenticeship programmes are expected to place a greater emphasis on digital skills such as data analysis, cybersecurity, and programming. This aligns with the rising demand for tech-savvy professionals in the UK’s workforce.


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3) Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

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Employers will likely prioritise diversity and inclusion in their apprenticeship programmes, aiming to create opportunities for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. Targeted recruitment efforts and mentoring schemes will help to create a more inclusive environment.


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4) Expansion of Green Apprenticeships

With UK government pledges such as ‘Net Zero’ and other key green targets, there is more focus on sustainability and environmental issues. As a result, it is anticipated that there will be a surge in Green Apprenticeships across sectors such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and construction. If rolled out, these programmes will provide apprentices with the skills needed to address pressing environmental challenges.


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5) Personalised Learning Pathways 

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A one-size-fits-all approach is no more. Many organisations are invested in supporting the diverse learning needs of apprentices and will adopt personalised learning approaches. This allows learners to shape their training based on interests, strengths, and career goals. 

Adaptive learning technologies, such as Bud will play a key role in delivering customised educational experiences.


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6) The Rise of Industry 4.0 Apprenticeships

The world is embracing automation. Countless industries are beginning to leverage automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Apprenticeship programmes will likely shift to include skills relevant to Industry 4.0.

Apprentices may well receive training in areas such as robotics, predictive maintenance, and advanced manufacturing techniques.


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7) Government Support and Funding

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Governments are set to ramp up their support for apprenticeship initiatives, allocating funds to expand training opportunities, incentivise employer participation, and address skill gaps in critical sectors.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts that apprenticeship levy receipts will reach £3.9 billion in 2023-24, which is £300 million more than was forecast at this point last year.


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8) Transferable Skills Development

While technical skills remain crucial, it’s suspected that there will be a growing recognition of transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving, and teamwork in the workplace. 

With artificial intelligence on the rise, some of the skills that humans possess are not quite accurately replicated. Therefore, learners will need to ensure that they continue to develop transferable skills. 


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9) Quality Assurance Measures

Employers and educational institutions may invest more in quality assurance in apprenticeship programmes. This is to make sure that training meets industry standards and corresponds with ever-changing job requirements. Continuous feedback mechanisms and performance evaluations will drive programme improvement.

Already, many employers and apprenticeship training providers send out feedback surveys, which aid quality management. It’s likely that this will be a priority in 2024/25. 


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10) Expansion of Apprenticeships in Emerging Industries

Ed-tech, robotics, augmented reality, biotechnology – you name it. There’s a plethora of emerging industries, and with this in mind, apprenticeship programmes will need to cater to the skill demands of these sectors. 


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11) Mentoring and Coaching

Mentoring and coaching have always played an integral role in supporting entry-level professional’s development. In 2024/25, mentoring and coaching schemes will continue to be a key aspect of an apprentice’s learning journey, with experienced professionals more and more involved in such initiatives.


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12) Focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing 

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Recognising the importance of mental health in the workplace, apprenticeship programmes will offer more support for the psychological wellbeing of participants. Counselling services, stress management workshops, and wellness resources are increasingly integrated into training programmes. 

According to IfATE, a 2022 survey showed that 78% of apprentices respectively felt that employers were taking steps to support their wellbeing. 


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13) AI-Powered Recruitment 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is thought to revolutionise the apprenticeship recruitment process, matching candidates with programmes based on their skills, interests, and career goals. AI algorithms will analyse vast amounts of data to identify the best fit for both apprentices and employers.


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14) Cultural Competency Training

Cultural competency training will become a cornerstone of apprenticeship programmes, encouraging understanding, respect, and inclusivity in diverse work environments. Apprentices will develop the skills to collaborate effectively across cultural, linguistic, and geographical boundaries.


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15) More of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies will transform apprenticeship training by providing immersive, hands-on learning experiences. 

Apprentices will have the opportunity to simulate real-world scenarios, enhance their skills, and troubleshoot complex problems in a virtual environment.


Looking ahead into 2024/25

Apprenticeships remain an attractive career route for those looking to learn and earn. Programmes will continue to develop with governmental guidance, and are consistently under review and improving. 

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Last updated on: 24th April 2024