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Huge Rise in Apprenticeship Starters

270313statusWe have all heard the recent media push about getting apprenticeships out to young people. The Corner Office was interested in exactly how popular this program is. According to a recent report from The House of Commons, the amount of young adults in the UK starting apprenticeship schemes is drastically increasing. Changes made in the 2004/05 academic year allowing people aged 24 and over sign up, has seen the amount of apprenticeship starters grow. In the 2011/12 academic year people aged 25-44 accounted for almost one in three of apprentices.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are paid jobs that incorporate training both on and off the job. On successful completion of an apprenticeship, a nationally recognised qualification is acquired.

Apprenticeship schemes are fully or partially government funded; depending on the apprentices age.  For older apprentices, the employer will usually fund the remaining cost of training.

Government contributions:

  • 100% of the training costs if the apprentice is aged 16-18
  • 50% of the training costs if the apprentice is aged 19-24
  • Contribution for specified places for those aged 25+

The same report indicates that the government aimed for a total of 203,200 adult apprenticeship starts (aged 19 and over) in the 2010/11 financial year. According to their figures released in January 2012, they flew past their target by 52,400, bringing the total to 255,600 starts.

Apprenticeship Levels

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher – lead to NVQ Level 4 and above or a Foundation Degree

The House of Commons report shows the proportion of apprenticeship starts in 2011/12

  • Level 2: 63%
  • Level 3: 36%
  • Level 4: 1%

The most common sector for apprentices in 2011/12 was Business, Administration and Law with a total of 164,830 starts. Coming in second was Health, Public services and Care with 109,410 starts and in third place Retail and Commercial Enterprise with 108,300 starts.

Where do I find an Apprenticeship?

National Apprenticeship Service is a great place to look at the latest available positions. Here you are able to sign up and search by sector. You are able to apply and control all of your applications online.

Visit them here:  http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Read Full “House of Commons” Report: Click Here

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