Up to 20,000 apprenticeships available, NAS say
As students collect their A Level results today, new figures from the National Apprenticeship Service have revealed that up to 20,000 apprenticeships are now be available online.
While the number of vacancies available on apprenticeships.org.uk varies from day to day, the highest number of apprenticeships recorded in the last three months was 20,615 (on 21st June 2013).
With more than half (54 per cent) of young people in England wanting to do an apprenticeship if one was available and figures from youth website Not Going To Uni showing 71 per cent of employers would recommend young people do an Apprenticeship, the National Apprenticeship Service is anticipating one of the busiest days for young people to apply for Apprenticeships.
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."
The increasing popularity of apprenticeships among young people comes after business research showed that employers find apprentices 15 per cent more employable than young people with other qualifications. In the study, employers ranked higher apprentices as the most employable of all young people - above those with degrees.
David Way, executive director, National Apprenticeship Service, said: "A-Level results day can be a really stressful time for young people, especially as they wait for their results. The good news is that with ever more apprenticeships, there is an increasing range of high quality options available to young people.
"Higher apprenticeships in particular are ideal for A-Level achievers who want to progress onto further learning, but also want to get a foot on the career ladder at the same time. Higher apprentices have the opportunity to gain degree-level equivalent qualifications at the same time as being in paid employment. There are an increasing number of opportunities opening up in prestigious occupations and employers as more and more use Higher Apprenticeships as a way of attracting the best talent."
"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."
Joe Billington, director of the National Careers Service, said: "Young people getting their results today should take pride in their achievement. The National Careers Service is here to support everyone that is getting their results this month and encourage them look at their options and decide what to do next. There are lots of exciting opportunities out there."