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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Unionlearn welcomes record number of apprenticeships

The news that a record number of apprenticeships are being offered to students finishing their exams this year has been welcomed by skills organisation Unionlearn.

Recent statistics from the National Apprenticeship Service showed that up to 15,000 apprenticeship places will be available to students receiving their exam results this summer.

Apprenticeships range from traditional subjects such as nursing, computing, horticulture and electric vehicle engineering, to new industries such as life science and supply chain management.

Fred Grindrod, apprenticeships policy and campaigns officer at Unionlearn, has welcomed the stats and hopes the government will continue their investment in "good quality apprenticeships" .

"It is good news that more than 15,000 apprenticeships will be available to young people this year. This increase is recognition of the importance of the apprenticeship route into employment.

"It is important that all apprenticeships are properly valued, with the apprentice receiving good quality training and being paid at least the national minimum wage. We will continue to work with unions to call on all employers to do so.

"It is also worth noting that despite these record numbers, each apprenticeship place will be chased by around seven applicants. We hope this number will encourage the government to continue to increase investment in good quality apprenticeships."

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