More are seeking apprenticeships

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The number of young people from Sheffield who are seeking apprenticeships has risen by more than 26 per cent, according to the National Apprenticeship Service.

The service says 5,580 applications for apprenticeships were submitted online in Sheffield between February and April.

The number of vacancies for apprentices rose even faster - up by 70 per cent on last year, but is still only 406 places in total.

News of the rise in applications and places comes at the same time as the National Apprenticeship Service has unveiled two new developments to encourage more employers to take on apprentices.

The organisation has launched a small and medium sized employers guide to hiring an apprentice and a toolkit, aimed at helping large employers to set up apprenticeships in their organisations.

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.