National Apprenticeship Service figures from the start of the academic year show that there are, on average, twelve applicants for every apprenticeship advertised in the UK. Despite a 24% rise in openings for the same period the previous year, apprenticeship vacancies are still massively oversubscribed.
With over 460,000 applications, there were just 37,410 available vacancies advertised between August and October 2013. Applications increased by 43% and 47% of those who applied for an apprenticeship were female. Some regions saw an even greater increase in demand for apprenticeships – the North East saw a 60% rise in applications, while Yorkshire and the Humber, and the South West saw a growth of 58%.
The Government indicated that they were pleased with the figures, as apprenticeships are at the forefront of tackling youth unemployment, but encouraged more UK based employers to offer apprenticeship placements.