Big online apprenticeships hike

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ONLINE apprenticeship applications in Wigan have increased by more than a quarter, with more than 9,400 made for vacancies in the past 12 months.

New data from the National Apprenticeship Service show 880 vacancies posted online in 2012/13 compared to 530 in 2011/12, representing growth of 66 per cent. But with each online vacancy now attracting an average of 11 applications, the Government is urging more employers to consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “We want to see it become the norm that young people either go to university or into an apprenticeship. To match the growing popularity of Apprenticeships, I would urge more employers to consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.

“Research out last week showed that more than 70 per cent of employers say apprentices boosted their service or product. This is testament to the benefits of apprenticeships for both young people and the wider economy.”

Among the fastest growing apprenticeships, in terms of vacancies advertised online, are health optical retail, vehicle sales, facilities management and health clinical healthcare support.