Record number of apprenticeships “good news for the economy”

New government figures have confirmed a record number of apprenticeships; almost 870,000 people were on an apprenticeship in 2012/13.

Higher apprenticeships are now at the highest level they have ever been, while the participation in advanced level apprenticeships has increased by 19% this year to nearly 380,000.

Participation for under-19s has declined, which the government suggests is the result of the renewed focus on higher quality.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: “These figures show that a record 868,700 people were in apprenticeships last year, which is up 77% on 2009/10. I am also pleased to see that there were 13,000 people in higher apprenticeships last year, which is double the previous year’s figure.

“This is good news for the economy, and good news for those getting the skills they need to prosper. I want the new norm for people leaving school or college to either go to university or choose an apprenticeship. By focusing on the quality and rigour that people and employers want from apprenticeships, this will make the vision a reality.”

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