The number of apprenticeship vacancies in Doncaster has hit a record high as the town’s employers back a new generation of workers.
Data recently revealed a 29 per cent increase in positions on the apprenticeship vacancies website between August and October 2014 compared to the same period the previous year.
A total of 270 vacancies were advertised over the three months compared to 210 in 2013-14, in addition to many more opportunities offered by employers to young people directly.
Nationally, the greatest number of online vacancies overall was for business, administration and law apprenticeships (18,940), while health, public services and care apprenticeships had the biggest rise in vacancies year-on-year, with an increase of 50 per cent.
There were also noticeable rises in the number of apprenticeship vacancies within the vital STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) fields. Apprenticeship vacancies advertised online in engineering and manufacturing technologies and information and communication technology both recorded a 23 per cent increase on the same period last year.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Government’s drive to equip people with the skills employers want and need. We want it to become the new norm for people to choose between an apprenticeship or university as equally prestigious routes to a great career. That is why it’s so encouraging to see even more excellent apprenticeship opportunities available across the country.”
The data also shows that higher apprenticeships, which offer a way to enter professional careers by gaining work experience while achieving a degree-level qualification, are on the rise and have almost doubled in the past year. More than 450 higher apprenticeship vacancies were advertised online in the first three months of the 2014-15 academic year.