Brighton apprenticeships up by 19%

Brighton and Hove has reported a 19% increase in the number of apprenticeships that started in the area in the last year.

The latest provisional figures from the Skills Funding Agency showed 1,560 apprentice starts in the 2015/16 academic year – up 19% from 2014/15 when there were 1,310.

An official statement from Brighton and Hove council said: “Apprenticeships are real jobs and real careers with training. As paid employees, apprentices earn a wage and learn on the job. They go to college and work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

“Many employers see apprentices as the best way of growing their business with loyal and qualified employees.

“Anyone over 16 years-old can apply to become an apprentice, whether unemployed, leaving school, already in work or wanting to start a new career.”


‘More opportunities to continue their education’

Councillor Tom Bewick, who chairs the council’s Children, Young People and Skills Committee, said: “Apprenticeships can offer an alternative to university and higher education without fees which give young people more opportunities to continue their education.

“We are very proud of and value the young apprentices we work alongside at the council.

“The news of this positive trend in apprentice numbers will help develop our local workforce and shows the range of options open to young people in the city.

“We are also pleased to see this increase as it is in line with our ongoing commitment to see 1,000 apprentices employed within 1,000 days in Brighton and Hove.”