Provisional statistics revealed this week show that more people than ever are doing an Apprenticeship, with strong growth in the number of Higher Apprenticeships.
More than 872,000 people were employed on government funded Apprenticeships during the 2014 to 2015 academic year, with almost 30,000 people working to gain the high value skills British businesses need via higher and degree Apprenticeships.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Our Apprenticeship reforms are helping to build the modern highly skilled workforce British businesses need. We are committed to delivering 3 million Apprenticeships by 2020 because that means more opportunities for our young people, more growth for our businesses.
“Through protecting Apprenticeship quality, reforming funding and working with top universities to launch new degree Apprenticeships, we are making sure Apprenticeships deliver for individuals, businesses and the economy.
“The government reforms will ensure that every big company plays their part in developing the next generation of skilled workers and put an end to low quality Apprenticeship courses. Reforms include the introduction of an Apprenticeship levy to increase investment in Apprenticeships, protecting the term ‘Apprenticeship’ in law and ensuring large value government procurement contracts have a commitment to hire apprentices.”
Capital Apprenticeships’ Commercial Manager, Nick Atkinson, said: “These figures are very positive and highlight the importance of Apprenticeships in London. Capital Apprenticeships is delighted to have been part of this growth through our work in helping young people to find employment and assisting local businesses to take on new talent.”
The statistics also show that 2.38 million Apprenticeships were delivered in the last parliament. The government is now committed to the ambitious target of delivering 3 million Apprenticeships by 2020.
The provisional figures further reveal that 19,200 people started a traineeship in the last academic year, a strong increase over the previous year. Traineeships provide the experience and work skills to progress into an Apprenticeship or another job.
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