Over 52,500 apprenticeships started in Yorkshire as more employers join scheme

More than 52,500 people started apprenticeships in Yorkshire and Humber between 2013 and 2014, according to government figures.

Provisional figures for Yorkshire and Humber show 52,520 apprenticeships were started in 2013 and 2014. Richmond in North Yorkshire led the way with 4,470 people undertaking earn-while-you-learn training.

Beverley and Holderness in East Yorkshire recorded 2,870 apprenticeship starts, while Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford had 1,240.

The Government recently confirmed more than 700 employers are set to join the apprentice scheme meaning that more than 1,000 employers will be involved in designing and delivering apprenticeships to meet skills gaps.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “Across the country apprenticeships are a driving force behind getting young people the skills that employers want and the economy needs. Our reforms have empowered businesses large and small to design and deliver world-beating apprenticeships that offer a real route to a successful career.”