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Professional Body Membership for Apprentices

Expanding Pathways for Success – Exploring how Professional Body membership can enhance the apprenticeship learning experience and support long-term professional development

In order to explore how professional bodies can effectively support apprentices, the Science Council commissioned a research study with Shift Insight between January to June 2023.

The primary objective of this research was to gain insights into the wants, needs, aspirations, and challenges faced by apprentices. By delving into these findings, a more comprehensive understanding of apprentices’ needs was achieved.

The purpose of the information provided on this page is to examine and determine the most effective ways in which professional body membership can offer support to apprentices, offering guidance and resources for apprentices, training providers, employers and professional bodies.

The Report

Overview of the findings – available to all

Sharing key findings through a summary presentation.

Useful reading for training providers, employers and apprentices

Summary findings and resources

The full report – available to Science Council members

The full report is available to Science Council member organisations to explore the findings in detail. For the password please contact [email protected]

Alongside the report, we also offer a Professional Body Self-Assessment, enabling organisations to review their current membership offer that is available to apprentices

Full Report Link



Read our blog that explores how membership as an apprentice can support learning and progression

Expanding Pathways for Success


Follow this link to explore the member organisations of the Science Council, many of whom offer membership levels suitable for apprentices

Click to access list

Digital Leaflet Promoting Membership

Leaflet that explains how membership with a Professional Body can enhance learning and expand opportunities for professional development.

Download a digital leaflet that supports training providers and employers in promoting the benefit of professional body membership to their apprentices.

Link to download leaflet

Support and promote

Training Provider Toolkits

Apprentices will explore the features & benefits of membership to a professional body and professional registration, and how this can support their learning and career progression.

The toolkit offers a session plan and all delivery materials, that enables providers to deliver the session – great for induction activity.

Click to access toolkit

Training Provider Case Study

As featured for National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2024 – a great example of a professional body connecting with delivery organisations of apprenticeships.

The result being access to a broader range of learning experiences and professional development opportunities too

Click to read case study