Cambridgeshire sees 30% apprenticeship rise

Apprenticeship rise in Cambridgeshire

Apprenticeship rise in Cambridgeshire

During the academic year 2011/12, 4,180 young people started apprenticeships in Cambridgeshire, demonstrating a rise of nearly 30%. There was an increase of 15.2% in the East of England with a total of 45,820 apprenticeship starts.

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) of 16-24 year olds has made it easier for businesses to take advantage of the apprenticeship scheme. GBP1,500 funding is available to businesses with a workforce of less than 1000, who have never employed an apprentice or haven’t in the past twelve months.

Vince Cable, Business Secretary, 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.”

David Way, CEO of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “I am pleased that new data confirms that apprenticeships overall are increasingly popular. Apprenticeships have much to offer and by working closely with employers, we have come a long way in raising quality standards. Our immediate and continuing focus is on growing apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds, supported by the Apprenticeship Grant for employers to recruit a young apprentice, which is proving increasingly popular with small employers, and we are putting in place additional measures including a marketing campaign targeted at employers and young people.”