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News - 5 February 2014

Apprenticeship vacancies up 24% in England.

According to the National Apprenticeship Service, more than 37,000 apprenticeship vacancies were posted on the service's website between August and October 2013, a 24% increase on the same period the previous year.

The Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock, said apprenticeships offered a chance to "earn and learn".

However, he said demand for places was outstripping supply: "Each online position is attracting an average of 12 applications and I would urge more employers to consider how they can take advantage of this available pool of talent and grow their business through apprenticeships."

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady described the figures as "heartening" but said jobseekers outnumbered vacancies by four to one, and there was "still plenty of scope" for more employers to get involved in training.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“The National Apprenticeship Service's figures show the demand for and supply of places varies significantly between sectors.  The greatest numbers of both applications and vacancies were for business, administration and law places, with 165,410 applications made during the period for 15,550 apprenticeships.”

The sector with the highest ratio of applications to vacancies was education and training, which attracted an average of 27 applications per vacancy, followed by closely by arts, media and publishing with 26 applicants per place.

The lowest ratio, 10 applications per vacancy, was to be found in the retail and commercial enterprise, and in science and mathematics sectors.

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