Apprenticeships in Manchester boosting economy

According to new data from the Manchester Monitor, the number of apprentices grew to over 30,000 in 2012/13 – a rise of 141% compared with 2008/9.

Many apprentices are older people in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are already in work rather than school-leavers struggling to find employment. Apprenticeship starts among adults over 25 grew from 2,472 in 2008/9 to 13,485 (a rise of 446%). Apprenticeship growth has been particularly strong among women.

Stephen Overell, principal for employment and skills, said: “Apprenticeships are growing in popularity and the recent speeches by party leaders suggest they are set to expand much further in the years ahead. However, apprentices are changing. Although the stereotype is of young men wielding spanners and wearing hard hats, women in care, customer service and administrative roles who are over 25 years old can justifiably claim to be the typical apprentice.“