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News - 4 June 2013

Apprenticeships attract 11 applications per vacancy

Between February and April there were almost 370,000 applications submitted against an advertised 32,600 vacancies, which equated to 11 applications being made for each apprenticeship vacancy in the UK.

The National Apprenticeship Service said there had been a 32% increase in demand for such subsidised on-the-job training placements since last year.

However, vacancies have not kept pace with rising demand, going up only 15% over the same period in the previous year.

The number of applications per vacancy went above 11 for the first time, although it had been hovering around 10 for some time, according to the NAS.

Nonetheless, the NAS said there were 17,700 available vacancies online late last month, the highest on record.

The most popular area for apprenticeships was business and administration, with 101,510 applications made and 7,702 vacancies posted online.

But those seeking apprenticeships in the arts, publishing, media and ICT face the stiffest competition with 17 applications per vacancy.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said:
"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."

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS comments:
“Government offers small and medium-sized companies grants of £1,500 to take on a 16 to 24-year-old as an apprentice. However, they all now have to meet centrally specified standards and last at least a year.”

Shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden said:
“Government has failed to deliver the apprenticeships this country needs."
Liz Field, chief executive of Financial Skills Partnership, said the figures show there had been a positive reaction to apprenticeship training for the finance sector, which has not traditionally trained workers through the apprenticeship route.

For business advice and a more personal approach, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

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