By Daniel Hunter

The number of vacancies for apprenticeships grew by 28% between August and October, according to the National Apprenticeship Service.

There were nearly 47,000 vacancies in the period, up from 36,690 in the same period last year.

The greatest number of online vacancies was for Business, Administration and Law apprenticeships (18,940), whilst Health, Public Services and Care apprenticeships saw the biggest rise in vacancies year-on-year, with an increase of 50%.

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.”

National Apprenticeship Awards winner, Griffon Hoverwork, is just one employer offering STEM related apprenticeships. After identifying skills gaps within the marine industry, the company made a major investment in apprenticeships. The Southampton-based firm, which is a worldwide leader in the design & manufacture of hovercraft, now employs 25 apprentices who are training as marine engineers, electricians and outfitters, GRP specialists, aluminum fabricators, welders and designers.

Mike Chalkley, Engineering Director, Griffon Hoverwork, said: “We are champions of apprenticeships and are doing all we can to raise their profile within the marine industry and beyond. We’ve seen the benefits of apprenticeships to our business and want to encourage others to take action and reap the same rewards.”

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