Online apprenticeship applications increase by 41 per cent in a year
New figures released by the National Apprenticeship Service have revealed that more than 267,400 Apprenticeship applications were submitted online during November 2012 and January 2013.
This announcement represents growth of 41 per cent, when compared to the same period last year. Apprenticeship vacancies have also witnessed significant growth. Nearly 25,400 vacancies were advertised online in the three months - an increase of 26.6 per cent on the previous year.
The release of the data times coincides with the launch of a new, free app which will make it easier than ever before to find an Apprenticeship. AV Search will enable users to search through the thousands of jobs advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service Apprenticeship Vacancies database on their mobile phones.
Compatible with both iPhone and Android devices, AV Search allows individuals to find relevant vacancies by inputting a keyword, such as an industry sector/job role that interests them, together with the location they are looking to find a role in. The app then displays all the job matches and provides further information on the vacancy, including who the employer is and the closing date for applications. Users can then link through to apply for the vacancy by registering on the main Apprenticeship Vacancies site.
David Way, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "As the figures suggest, more consumers and employers are recognising the benefits of Apprenticeships and the value of the high quality training available. It is great to see such significant growth in both Apprenticeship applications and vacancies submitted and advertised online in just one year.
"Apprenticeships are a great way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification; and setting them on the road to success in their chosen career. For employers, hiring apprentices is a way of attracting new talent and developing a motivated, skilled and diverse workforce."
AV Search has been seen as an extension of the Apprenticeship Vacancies Matching Service, which enables people to search and apply for vacancies online. It is primarily targeted at 16- to 24-yearolds and potential apprentices aged 25 and over. However, it can also be used as a tool for parents, training providers, careers advisors, schools and colleges, employers and other stakeholders. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes and Android app stores.
Way added: "As Apprenticeships continue to grow in popularity, it is important we can offer a range of ways for people to find and apply for vacancies. So we have introduced AV Search to make that process even easier and as accessible as possible."