63 per cent rise in 16-18 apprenticeships

The new statistics also showed an overall increase of 40 per cent in apprenticeship placements among all youngsters aged 16 to 24, between March 2015 and March this year.

According to the government-funded training and apprenticeships provider, the sharp upswing in the number of people signing up as apprentices reflects the increasing popularity of the earn-while-you-learn educational career path.


Viable university alternative

Kelly Ball (pictured), joint managing director of Positive Outcomes, said: “From our experience, as backed up by our stats, it’s clear to us young people are now recognising apprenticeships as a genuine alternative to university.

“Statistics from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission published at the end of March this year suggested there were fewer apprenticeship starts in 2014/15 when compared to 2010/11. But these stats are at odds with what we, as an organisation, have been seeing on the ground.”

Drawing on the recent research that revealed that many people believe studying an apprenticeship will keep them in the same career for life, Ball added: “All in all there’s still work to be done around apprenticeships.

“And whilst the commission’s findings certainly confirm this, our improving figures are an indicator that young people and employers are beginning to grasp how beneficial apprenticeships are.”