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Apprenticeships popular with East Lancashire students
4:50pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
MORE young people in Lancashire would choose an apprenticeship over university if they could.
New figures claim to show a shift towards apprenticeships ahead of tomorrow’s A-Level results.
The figures from research company ICM reveal that 56 per cent of young people in Lancashire would choose to do an apprenticeship, if one were available.
It comes after 14 to 24-year-olds across the county were surveyed at schools, colleges and workplaces. The figures have led trainers and apprenticeship providers to anticipate record applications for places.
Sue Price, divisional director for the National Apprenticeship Service, said more Lancashire places were needed.
She said: “Last year, the National Apprenticeship Service saw a record number of applications for apprenticeships on A-Level results day, and with up to 17,000 vacancies now available online at any one time, this summer we’re expecting that the number of young people applying for an apprenticeship could hit a new high.
“Apprenticeships are a great option for school leavers and are now being seen as the first choice by many young people.
“It allows them to earn while they learn and gives them a great head start to their working life. We also want more employers in Lancashire to reap the benefits that apprenticeships have to offer by providing fantastic oppor-tunities to young people.”
Accrington and Rossendale College say they have also seen an increase in the amount of interest in apprenticeships, particularly among 16 to 19-year-olds.
Tamsin Deasey, director of business and partnerships, said: “In some vocations we are seeing many more applicants than there are vacancies.
“It’s clear when we meet young people now that many have a definite career strategy.
“For many, that is apprenticeships. The combination of no fees, earning £100-plus per week and the proven track record of finding work when you graduate is proving popular.
“The main challenge is finding employers willing to give these talented and enthusiastic youngsters their chance.”
For more information about apprenticeships visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150 600.
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