Nearly 3 million apprenticeships since 2010

More people than ever before are taking advantage of apprenticeships and traineeships that give them the skills and experience they need for a successful career.

Provisional figures released on 6 October by the Department for Education show almost 3 million apprenticeships have been created since May 2010 as part of government’s drive to create opportunities for all. Some 905,000 people are in an apprenticeship in 2016 alone.The figures also show that there are more young people starting apprenticeships, with over 130,000 starts by under 19 year olds during the 2015/2016 academic year.

Apprenticeships work

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 is committed to creating the skilled workforce the British industry needs to thrive, to boost productivity and build an economy that works for all.

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The provisional figures show that just under 27,000 higher and degree apprenticeships were started in the 2015/2016 academic year. Some of the top employers in the country such as BAE Systems and Fujitsu are already on board when it comes to higher apprenticeships, and degree apprenticeships are currently available in careers ranging from engineering to public relations.The government is continuing to work with higher education institutions, including Russell Group universities, to discuss their plans for delivering degree apprenticeships.Figures also show that there were 23,900 traineeship starts in 2015/2016, a substantial increase from 19,400 in 2014/2015. Traineeships equip young people who are looking for work with the skills, confidence and experience they need to gain an apprenticeship or other job.

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