Apprentice appeal growing

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Apprenticeships are increasingly popular with employers and young people in Sheffield, figures have revealed.

The National Apprenticeship Service has announced a 61 per cent rise in the number of vacancies advertised online towards the end of last year compared to the previous 12 months.

Between August and October 2013, there were 530 traineeships – up from 330 from the same period in 2012.

The service also announced a hike in application numbers from female candidates, which have increased by more than half since last year.

Matthew Hancock MP, Skills and Enterprise Minister, said: “Apprenticeships are growing in appeal to young people. More young women are seeking out the opportunity to earn while they learn, gaining qualifications while notching up vital work experience.

“It is encouraging to see vacancies increasing and new employers coming on board. But demand continues to outstrip supply. I urge employers to consider how they can take advantage of this available pool of talent.”