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Figures show apprenticeships on the rise

News   •   Oct 06, 2016 16:31 BST

New figures from the government have revealed that nearly three million apprenticeships have been created since 2010.

Figures released today by the government show an increase in the number of people entering apprenticeships. This year alone has seen 905,000 begin an apprenticeship course.
The figures also show the popularity of apprenticeships increasing amongst young people, with over 130,000 starts by under 19-year-olds during the 2015 to 2016 academic year.

There were 23,900 traineeship starts in 2015 to 2016, a substantial increase from 19,400 in 2014 to 2015.

The government is pushing apprenticeship courses hard in an effort increase the number of skilled workers needed to boost the UK economy.

Just under 27,000 higher and degree apprenticeships were started so far in 2015 to 2016. Leading companies such as BAE Systems and Fujitsu have thrown their support behind the scheme by offering higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships in careers ranging from engineering to public relations.

Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said: “Apprenticeships work, that’s why they lie at the heart of our commitment to giving everyone the chance they deserve to get the skills and jobs they need for their future.

“It is great news that there are more apprentices and trainees than ever before. I am determined that we build on this success so that everyone who wants to can benefit from the ladder of opportunity they offer.”

The government has launched the Get In Go Far campaign to encourage more young people to consider an apprenticeship as a career. It provides a platform to share the stories of top apprentices working for leading companies.

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