Employers prefer to hire candidates with apprenticeship experience, AAT research shows
Posted: 28 August 2018 at 1:55 pm | Author: CAW Business School
In a recent survey of 1,000 employers, carried out by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), 49% said they would prefer to see apprenticeship experience or a previous position on a candidates CV. This is compared to only 24% who would prefer to see a relevant degree qualification.
Of those who said they prioritise candidates who have relevant apprenticeship experience or experience from a previous job, 71% said this was because it shows that candidates have demonstrated their skills in a practical setting. 62% said it shows they have a better understanding of the world of work.
Employers also specified the top ten priorities they look for in a candidate when they are hiring as part of the research. They are:
- How they’d fit into the company culture
- How much experience they have
- Their general personality
- How well qualified they are
- A proactive attitude
- Ability to work in a team
- Showing a willingness to learn
- Ability to self-manage and take initiative
- Showing ambition
- Communication skills