According to provisional figures published on 17th October, more people than ever before are taking part in an apprenticeship.
Almost 860,000 people were on an apprenticeship in 2012/13 with the gold standard of higher and advanced levels attracting record levels of apprentices. The data also shows that there were over 1.5 million apprenticeship starts since 2010.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “These figures show that a record 858,900 people participated in apprenticeships last year, which is almost 370,000 more than in 2009/10.This is good news for the economy, and good news for those getting the skills they need to prosper.
“There are now more options than ever before with a focus on the quality and rigour that people and employers want from apprenticeships. Our insistence that they must have a minimum duration, involve on-the-job training, and respond to the needs of employers means that it is rapidly becoming the new norm to take an apprenticeship or go to university.”