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UK: Apprenticeship starts top half a million

17:32 31 January 2013

Matthew Hancock with Advanced Apprentices at Humberside Engineering Training Association

Matthew Hancock with Advanced Apprentices at Humberside Engineering Training Association

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APPRENTICESHIP starts in the east of England have seen the highest increase in the country, figures reveal.

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Across the country, apprenticeship starts saw a 13.9% rise, and topped half a million, while this region saw a 15.2% increase to 45,820. This compared to an 11% increase in the north east and a 14.1% rise in London.

In the 2011/12 academic year 520,600 people across the country started an apprenticeship, an increase of 13.9% on the preceding year and 86.1% since 2009/10.

There was particularly strong growth in the engineering sector, with starts up 21.5% to 59,480.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Whenever I speak to businesses, a lack of trained workers is a frequent concern.

“Today’s figures mean we are starting to turn the tide. Over half a million people took up an apprenticeship last year, showing that our investment in vocational skills is paying off.

“I am particularly pleased to see the high number of people studying engineering. We have a massive shortage of engineering skills in this country, and we need even more to support manufacturing, exports and infrastructure.”

Growth in higher apprenticeships saw a 67.6% rise. In July 2011 the Government introduced the £25million Higher Apprenticeship Fund, which has resulted in 29 projects set to create 20,000 higher apprenticeship places over the next three years in careers such as engineering, law and accountancy.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: “Apprenticeships are vital to the Government’s drive to create a more highly skilled workforce who are better able to compete in the global race.

“This big increase in higher apprenticeships is giving people the opportunity to follow work-based pathways into professional careers in engineering, the legal sector and accountancy, while earning. This is a result of our determination to put vocational education on a par with academic learning, and we are developing this further in 2013 by extending apprenticeships to include graduate and post-graduate level learning.

“We are strengthening apprenticeships to make them more rigorous, and to respond to the ever-changing needs of the modern workplace.”

The figures also showed that growth in apprenticeships has been balanced across the regions, with increase in starts ranging from 11 to 15 %.

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2 comments

  • Apprenticeships is one thing ....... turning them into real jobs is another.

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    Red Robbo

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • What they are not keen to crow about are the appallingly low wages paid to apprentices. My son is 21 years old, and started an apprenticeship in November for which he is paid the princely sum of £4.50 an hour, well below the NMW for a 21 year old.

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    Sudders

    Friday, February 1, 2013

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