More students than ever using UCAS service to apply for apprenticeships

Record numbers of students are applying for apprenticeships through UCAS’s post-GCSE service, new figures revealed today (Monday 14 March) as National Apprenticeship Week starts.

Last year, there were more than 9,000 apprentice applications made through UCAS Progress, the pre-university course service – a 20 per cent increase from 2014.


Complex choices

The service offers advice on choosing the best course for students, careers information, and an application service, as well as 130,000 A-level, BTEC, apprenticeships and other vocational courses.

Gina Bradbury, head of post-16 development at UCAS, said: “Young people are making education and training choices in a very complex landscape now, with vocational courses becoming increasingly popular both as a route to employment and into higher education.

“It’s a big step forward to see more and more teenagers discovering apprenticeships and other post-16 courses through UCAS Progress, which builds on our long experience of helping people make the right university choices.”

In England and Wales, there are nearly 15,000 apprenticeships for over 16s in a range of subjects, and 490 work-based learning providers using the system to showcase their courses.