Apprentice numbers set to rise by over 50% to 800,000 by 2018

Apprenticeships in the UK are set to rise by over 50% to 800,000 in the next five years, according to talent acquisition and management company, Alexander Mann Solutions. As employers are realising the benefits of recruiting a diverse range of candidates, becoming an apprentice is becoming an increasingly popular choice.

Between 2011 and 2012 the number of apprenticeships grew by 14% to 526,000. The success rate for completion has also significantly increased to 75% compared to 50% back in 2006. The business administration and retail sectors are currently attracting the highest volume of apprentices.

“There are many bright young people actively opting for apprenticeships over university degrees, and job opportunities for apprentices are growing as employers understand the value they deliver,” says Tim Campbell, Head of Client Services, Emerging Talent, Alexander Mann Solutions.

“It’s a win win situation – employers benefit from a team of motivated new employees who are keen to learn the ropes, while apprentices become more confident by learning practical workplace skills.”