NAS figures show record high apprenticeship vacancies and applications

New figures released by the NAS

New figures released by the NAS

New figures from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) have revealed that nearly 370,000 applications for apprenticeship positions were completed online between February and April 2013. Compared to last year, this represents an increase of 32%.

Apprenticeship vacancies grew by 15% on the previous year, with the site advertising more than 32,600 positions. In fact, the highest number of vacancies on the site was recorded on 26th April.

The NAS now has two new tools on its website; a toolkit for large employers looking to set up apprenticeship schemes and a guides for small to medium sized employers also.

Matthew Hancock MP, Skills Minister, said: “With more vacancies than ever before, Apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for young people who want to achieve their career goals through an alternative route to University. We want more employers to take advantage of the advice and support available from the National Apprenticeship Service and consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.”