Skills minister Nick Boles ‘encouraged’ by apprentice numbers in Rutland

Grantham MP Nick Boles.
Grantham MP Nick Boles.
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The number of apprenticeship vacancies in Rutland has hit a high as the county’s employers back a new generation of workers.

Data released on Friday last week revealed a 100 per cent increase in apprenticeship vacancies in Rutland posted online on the apprenticeship vacancies website between August and October 2014, compared to the same period the previous year.

More than 40 vacancies were advertised over the three months versus 20 in 2013/14. This is in addition to many more opportunities offered by employers to young people directly.

Nationally, the greatest number of online vacancies was for Business, Administration and Law apprenticeships, whilst Health, Public Services and Care apprenticeships saw 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 field of science, technology, engineering and maths.

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.”

National Apprenticeship Week 2015 takes place from March 9-13. Go to www.gov.uk/naw2015 to find out how to get involved.