Demand for apprenticeships is outstripping the number available

According to a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA), hundreds of school-leavers are being failed by the government’s apprenticeship drive, with too few places to fulfil demand.

Last year, there were 1.8 million applications for only 166,000 apprenticeships in England. Additionally, 67% of apprenticeships went to people already in employment.

Luke Raikes, author of the report, said: “Hundreds of thousands of young people are still not in education, employment or training and many more are in dead-end jobs with little chance of progression to higher skills and wages. But, with the right reforms, apprenticeships can tackle youth unemployment, while improving the skills of the workforce and the productivity of the economy.”

Commenting on the findings, Denise Hatton, chief executive of YMCA England, said: “It is imperative that a greater focus is placed on creating more apprenticeships aimed at young people as the demand and need is clearly there.”