Apprenticeship vacancies in capital up 10%, while applications also rise

Apprenticeships are growing in popularity among both employers and young people, according to figures released by the National Apprenticeship Service.

In the three months from August to October last year, 4,700 apprenticeship vacancies were advertised, while the number of apprenticeship applications increased by 26% over same period.

Online applications leapt by 26% to 82,810 and the government is urging employers to create more apprenticeship positions in order to meet the demand.

On a national level, apprenticeships are attracting increasing numbers of applications from female candidates. Online applications from women have increased by more than half since last year, with 216,100 applications made in the three-month period, representing a 55% increase. This has also served to narrow the male gender bias, with 47% of all applications for apprenticeships made by women this year compared to 43% last year.

Matthew Hancock, skills and enterprise minister, said: “These figures show that apprenticeships are growing in appeal to young people, and yet more young women are seeking out this unique opportunity to earn while they learn and gain a recognised qualification while notching up vital work experience. 

“With new independent research revealing that one in five employers currently have former apprentices working in senior, board level, positions, it’s also very encouraging to see vacancies increasing and new employers coming on board. But with each online position attracting an average of 12 applications, demand continues to outstrip supply 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.”

The greatest numbers of both applications and vacancies were in the business, administration and law sector with 165,410 applications made during the period for some 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 arts, media and publishing (26) and information and communication technology (20). The lowest ratio, at 10 applications per vacancy, was found in retail and commercial enterprise and science and mathematics.

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