20% rise in the number of employers offering apprentices in Worcester

Businesses in Worcester are reportedly embracing apprenticeship schemes, with the number of placements on offer in the county boasting 20% growth since 2011.

As reported by the Evesham Journal, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has revealed that 6,000 apprenticeship places were available in 2013, compared to 4,800 in 2011.

Carl Arntzen, chairman of the partnership’s employment and skills board and managing director of Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd, said: “Apprenticeships are a vital element of the training of our young people.

“Too much emphasis has been placed in recent years on purely academic education by encouraging as many students as possible to take A-levels and go on to university.

“I am delighted to see such a strong focus here in Worcestershire on re-establishing apprenticeships as a core part of Worcestershire’s strategy for developing the necessary skills in the workforce.

Worchester hopes to be able to offer 10,000 apprenticeships places by the end of 2016 by upping the range of apprenticeships available.