According to new research from the National Apprenticeship Service, there was a 24% rise in apprenticeship vacancies posted online on the apprenticeship vacancies website between August and October 2013 compared to the same period the previous year.
The quarterly Apprenticeship Index also reveals that apprenticeships are attracting increasing numbers of applications from female candidates. Online applications from women have increased by more than half since 2012, with 216,100 applications made by females in the three month period, a 55% increase.
Matthew Hancock MP, Skills and Enterprise Minister, said: “These figures show that Apprenticeships are growing in appeal to young people, and yet more young women are seeking out this unique opportunity to earn while they learn and gain a recognised qualification while notching up vital work experience.
“With new independent research revealing that one in five employers currently have former apprentices working in senior, board level, positions, it’s also very encouraging to see vacancies increasing and new employers coming on board. But with each online position attracting an average of 12 applications, demand continues to outstrip supply and I would urge more employers to consider how they can take advantage of this available pool of talent and grow their business through Apprenticeships.”