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Apprenticeship providers set for record applications

Apprenticeship providers are bracing themselves for record high applications this summer with up to 20,000 vacancies on offer.

Vacancy numbers vary on a daily basis but reached a high of 20,615 in the last three months, according to new figures from the National Apprenticeship Service.

A-level results day typically sees a surge in requests for these positions, and this time last year nearly 5,730 applications were submitted.

David Way, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Last year, the National Apprenticeship Service saw a record number of applications for Apprenticeships on A-Level results day, and with up to 20,000 vacancies now available online at any one time, this summer we’re expecting that the number of young people applying for an Apprenticeship could hit a new high.”

Recent surveys suggests half of young people in England would want to do an Apprenticeship if one were available, while 71% of employers would encourage them to take the vocational route.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “With more vacancies than ever before, Apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for young people who want to achieve their career goals through an alternative route to university.

“We want more employers to take advantage of the advice and support available from the National Apprenticeship Service and consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.”

Natalie Thornhill

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