Apprenticeship vacancies up by one third in Northumberland

Apprenticeship vacancies are up in Northumberland.

Apprenticeship vacancies are up in Northumberland.

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The number of apprenticeship vacancies in Northumberland has hit a high.

Data released today reveals a 33 per cent increase in apprenticeship vacancies in Northumberland posted online on the apprenticeship vacancies website between August and October 2014, compared to the same period the previous year.

Some 280 vacancies were advertised over the three months versus 210 in 2013/14, This is in addition to many more opportunities offered by employers to young people directly.

Nationally, the greatest number of online vacancies overall was for business, administration and law apprenticeships (18,940), while health, public services and care apprenticeships saw the biggest rise in vacancies year-on-year, with an increase of 50 per cent.

There were also noticeable rises in the number of apprenticeship vacancies within the science, technology, engineering and maths fields.

Apprenticeship vacancies advertised online in engineering and manufacturing technologies and information and communication technology both recorded a 23 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Government’s drive to equip people with the skills employers want and need.

“We want it to become the new norm for people to choose between an apprenticeship or University as equally prestigious routes to a great career. That is why it’s so encouraging to see even more excellent apprenticeship opportunities available across the country.”

The data also shows that higher apprenticeships, which offer a way to enter professional careers by gaining valuable work experience whileachieving a degree-level qualification, are on the rise and have almost doubled in the past year. More than 450 higher apprenticeship vacancies were advertised online in the first three months of the 2014/15 academic year.

The most popular apprenticeships to apply for online were in business, administration and law (166,280) and retail and commercial services (61,590).