Apprenticeship vacancies rise 10 per cent in Lincolnshire

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The number of apprenticeship vacancies in Lincolnshire continues to rise as the county’s employers back a new generation of workers.

Data released today (January 23) reveals a 10 percent increase in apprenticeship vacancies in the county posted online on the apprenticeship vacancies website between August and October 2014 compared to the same period the previous year. 460 vacancies were advertised over the three months versus 420 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 was for business, administration and law apprenticeships (18,940), whilst 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 vital STEM (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 national data also shows that higher apprenticeships, which offer a way to enter professional careers by gaining valuable work experience whilst achieving 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 annual celebration of apprenticeships, National Apprenticeship Week 2015 takes place from 9-13 March 2015. Go to www.gov.uk/naw2015 to find out how to get involved. Or to find out more about apprenticeships visit greatbusiness.gov.uk/apprenticeships if you’re an employer, apprenticeships.gov.uk if you want to find out about becoming an apprentice or call 08000 150 600. Businesses can also access all the support and advice they need at greatbusiness.gov.uk.