Promising start to 2015 for apprentices

The government has commended recent figures, which show that the number of young people taking part in apprenticeships and traineeships continues to rise.

Figures from the January statistical first release (SFR) show provisional figures for August to October 2014.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said:

“At 147,500, the number of people starting an apprenticeship between August and October 2014 is up on the same period in 2013.

We have delivered over 2,140,000 apprenticeships since 2010 and will continue to make sure our young people have every chance to benefit from the life-changing opportunity of an apprenticeship.”

Highlights from the report show:

  • More than 573,000 people participated in apprenticeships – including more than 353,000 16 to 24 year-olds.
  • Despite being a relatively new development, the number of people participating in higher apprenticeships now stands at over 15,000.
  • There have been more than 2.1 million apprenticeship starts since May 2010.

The data is available to view at Further education and skills: statistical first release.

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