Online apprenticeship applications up by 41%

Figures are up by 41%

Figures are up by 41%

According to recent figures from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), almost 270,000 online applications were made last quarter for apprenticeship places; figures between November 2012 and January 2013 being up 41% compared to the same period the year before.

As well as this, the data showed a significant increase in the advertising of vacancies for apprentices, as companies continue to take interest in tapping into the talent of young people. Many accounting firms interested in taking on school leavers as apprentices or on training schemes are utilising this talent effectively, using  the digital skills of Generation Y to enhance their online accounting systems.

NAS chief executive, David Way, commented:  “It is great to see such significant growth in both apprenticeship applications and vacancies submitted and advertised online in just one year. Apprenticeships are a great way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and setting them on the road to success in their chosen career. For employers, hiring apprentices is a way of attracting new talent and developing a motivated, skilled and diverse workforce.”