National Statistics that came out this month, covering Apprenticeships and Traineeships from August 2018-July 2019 show that there were 311,200 Apprenticeship starts reported so far for the first three quarters of the 2018/19 academic year. This is an increase of 7.1 percent from 290,500 that was reported at the same time of year for the 2017/2018 academic year.
Previous Apprenticeship and Skills Minister Anne Milton is pleased with the increase and that 61% of people are starting this Apprenticeship experience on the new Standards. “Apprenticeships change lives. They are giving people of all ages (16+) and backgrounds the chance to gain the skills to get ahead in life. There are now over 450 of our new high-quality (Standard) Apprenticeships available in an array of sectors.”
Martin Hottass, Group Director of Technical Training at City & Guilds Group also said it was encouraging to see the Apprenticeship starts recovering from the previous Academic Year (when the Levy was introduced) and even though it will take time for the new Apprenticeships Standards and Apprenticeship Levy to settle in, its satisfying to see the decrease is reversing.
“High-quality Apprenticeships that deliver technical and vocational skills are key to future-proofing Britain’s economy. Apprenticeships remain one of the most important ways to close these skills gaps.”
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