New research issued by the Tech Partnership shows that more than 17,000 people started digital or tech apprenticeships in the UK in 2014/15. That figure represents growth of 21% over the previous year, significantly outperforming the 10% growth of apprenticeships as a whole.
“The growth in numbers shows that both employers and potential apprentices recognise the benefits of digital apprenticeships,” Karen Price, CEO of the Tech Partnership. “An increasingly wide range of digital occupations are now covered by the new employer-developed Trailblazer standards, and the industry accreditation of training programmes promoted by the Tech Partnership makes it easier than ever for employers to offer high quality apprenticeships with confidence”.
‘Younger than your average apprentice’
A closer look at the figures reveals that digital apprentices now account for around 3.1% of total apprentices. That amounts to around 30,000 people in training for careers in software, coding, product development and implementing or managing technology systems. The age profile of digital apprentices is younger than the overall average too: nearly three quarters (74%) of 2014/15 starters were aged 24 or younger, compared with 59% of apprentices overall.
“Apprenticeships are an important route into the digital professions, and likely to become more so with the advent of the apprenticeship levy,” Anouska Ramsay, Talent Director of Capgemini UK, told the Tech Partnership.
“Through the Tech Partnership, employers have been working collectively to ensure that apprenticeship standards reflect our needs and will lead to productive and rewarding careers for new entrants. We must now redouble our efforts to ensure that women are attracted to roles in our fast growing sector.”