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Apprenticeships increase by 50% in one year

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

In comparison to the academic year 2009/10, the number of apprenticeships has increased by more than 50% during the course of 2010/11.

Figures from the Statistical First Release shows that apprenticeship numbers have risen across all age ranges and levels of training across the apprenticeships programme.

While data for 2009/10 accounted for 279,700 apprentices, more recent figures show that a total of 442,700 apprenticeships started between August 2010 and July 2011.

Levels, ages and sectors

Out of those 442,700 apprenticeships, Intermediate Level apprenticeships accounted for the majority of programmes, while Advanced Level apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship starts followed in the list.

Regarding age groups, figures reveal that those aged 25 and over accounted for a majority of the apprenticeships, followed by those aged 19 to 24 year olds and by those aged under 19.

With regards to job sectors, Business, Administration and Law apprenticeships leader the ranking, followed by Retail and Commercial Enterprise and Health, Public Services and Care.

On the other hand, the apprenticeships that registered a major growth were Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment and Information and Communication Technology, in this order.

Hands on work experience

"This Government's unprecedented investment in apprenticeships is working for businesses and creating long term career opportunities for record numbers of trainees”, said Business Secretary, Vince Cable.

“By helping firms build a stronger skills base, this investment puts businesses on solid foundations to deliver sustainable growth and a more balanced and inclusive economy.”

The “hands on work” experience given by apprenticeships is very valued by both employers and graduates. Because of this, the British Government is also going to launch several sector-based work academies across England.

In an attempt to help youngsters find a job, the Government will offer a combination of training, work experience and a guaranteed job interview for up to 50,000 people over the next two years.

Do you think apprenticeships are a better – or quickest- way to find graduate jobs?

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