More young people starting apprenticeships than ever before

As the government work towards their ambitious target of 3 million apprentices by 2020, figures released on 23rd March show an encouraging start in the amount of apprenticeships starting.

During August 2015 and January 2016, 84,000 young people under the age of 19 started an apprenticeship.  11,000 people started a higher apprenticeship meaning that during the same time period, 30,000 people were working towards this level of apprenticeship.  This brings the total of people who have started an apprenticeship since the launch of the current parliament in May 2015 to 366,000.

Traineeships are also on the rise, with 12,400 traineeships started between August 2015 and January 2016.  Traineeships are a fantastic way for 16-24 year olds to get the preparation they need in order to progress onto an apprenticeship or employment, such as English and maths, as well as advice on CV writing, interview skills and other attributes employers will look for.

This news come on the back of National Apprenticeship Week during which 30,084 new apprenticeships were pledged by employers, over 7,000 more than the week in 2015.  Larger companies such as Microsoft, Deloitte and BT have committed as well as smaller businesses across the UK.

Here at Aspire Training Team we work with young people and employers across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset to become or hire an apprentice in childcare, business administration or health and social care.  To find out more, you can contact the team on 01202 551553 or email


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