NAS release apprenticeship data

Apprentices

Research shows boost in professional apprenticeships

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has released new data demonstrating the popularity of apprenticeships among employers. Data shows that in 2012, 106,510 apprenticeship vacancies were advertised online and 1,127,000 applications were submitted.

Research has shown that the top apprenticeship position in 2012 was Business and Administration, with 26,480 vacancies posted online and 311,190 applications made. Other findings were that July was the month when most submissions were made, London the most popular region to apply for, as well as recording a fairly even split between genders, with males just slightly over at 56% compared to females at 43%.

Chief executive of The National Apprenticeship Service, David Way, says: “The high number of applications generated in 2012 is further evidence of just how popular Apprenticeships have become. The quality training on offer means Apprenticeships are fast becoming a first choice career option for a wide range of people. In 2013 we hope to see further growth in the number of new vacancies registered online through our free recruitment service and an increase in the number of Apprenticeships available in key industry sectors such as the Digital and Creative Industries, Engineering and IT. We would like to help even more employers use Higher, Advanced and Intermediate Apprenticeships to recruit new staff and are encouraging them to find out more about the funding available.”