Apprentice vacancies up by 27%



The number of apprenticeships has continued to increase, but the Government has urged more employers to offer places to youngsters.

Just under 130,000 vacancies were posted online in England in the past year, a rise of 27% on the previous 12 months.

More than 1.4 million applications were made online in the past year, an increase of a third, with an average of 11 applications per vacancy.

The National Apprenticeship Service said the biggest increase in vacancies posted online was in health optical retail, vehicle sales and clinical support.
Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: "We want to see it become the norm that young people either go to university or into an apprenticeship. To match the growing popularity of apprenticeships, I would urge more employers to consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.

"Research out last week showed that more than 70% of employers say apprentices boosted their service or product - this is testament to the benefits of apprenticeships for both young people and the wider economy."

Jaine Bolton, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "These figures show that the demand for apprenticeships keeps growing. It is the first choice for many talented young people and more employers wanting young talent need to wake up to this fact."

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