Apprenticeship numbers hit record high

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The number of people taking part in apprenticeships is at an all-time high.

According to the latest figures released by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), 860,000 individuals started one in 2012-13, with over 1.5 million taking place since 2010.

BIS says that the gold standard of apprenticeships – which covers higher and advanced levels – has attracted a record number of participants.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: “There are now more options than ever before, with a focus on the quality and rigour that people and employers want from apprenticeships.”

He added that it was “good news” for the economy, while also highlighting that it is quickly becoming “the new norm” to either start work-based training or go to university.

All programmes now last at least one year and involve on-the-job tuition.

Have you felt the benefit of taking on an apprentice? What difference do you think they can make to small to medium-sized enterprises?

Posted by the Secret Businessman