Online apprenticeship applications and vacancies set new records
370,000 applications submitted between February and April 2013
04 June 2013
According to new figures released today by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), almost 370,000 apprenticeship applications were submitted online between February and April 2013. This represents an increase of over 32% when compared to the same period last year.
Apprenticeship vacancies also witnessed significant growth. Over 32,600 vacancies were advertised online in the three months – an increase of almost 15% on the previous year. 26 April saw the highest number recorded, with 17,700 live vacancies available online.
Matthew Hancock MP, Skills Minister, said: ‘With more vacancies than ever before, apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for young people who want to achieve their career goals through an alternative route to University. We want more employers to take advantage of the advice and support available from the National Apprenticeship Service and consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.’
Also speaking about the findings, Chris Jones, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds said: ‘These statistics are certainly very encouraging. Apprenticeships are a great way to earn as you learn and develop your skills for a successful career. And they don’t just benefit individuals – our research shows that over half of employers who already recruit apprentices believe they offer greater value that hiring university graduates. As an employer myself, I’ve seen this first-hand and passionately believe in the value apprenticeships deliver to an organisation.’
Alongside the figures, NAS has also launched two new guides to hiring an apprentice. It is hope these will encourage employers, especially small and medium sized businesses, to take on an apprentice.