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Apprenticeships are back!

23/03/2015

Apprenticeships are back with record numbers of apprentice positions being created across all business sectors.

Finally the skills shortage has been acknowledged and it's not just the large first taking part but small companies are doing their bit to support the local youth employment figures.

Recent years have seen emphasis on university placements but many students find that the jobs are no longer available once they do graduate. 

The return of apprenticeships is fantastic news for the economy as a whole and will hopefully see the end to the skills shortages that we have faced over recent years as school leavers now have more options.

National Apprenticeship Week 2015 ran from 9 to 13 March, celebrating apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. Events were held all around the country and thousands of apprenticeship vacancies were pledged.

• Accor (300) – pledge by end of 2016
• Atos (100) – Midlands, South-East, North-West, North-East and London
• Affinity Sutton (100) – national
• Amey (1,000) – national
• Airbus Group (77) – national
• Arup (50) – national
• Babcock International (100) – South-West
• BAE Systems (710) – national
• Balfour Beatty (150) – national
• Barclays – launches older workers apprenticeship scheme; degree-level apprenticeship
• Barratt Developments (171) – national
• Boots (350) – national
• BT (1,000) – during this year
• Capgemini – launches degree-level apprenticeship scheme
• Carillion (5,000) – nationwide
• Clarkson Evans (50) – national
• Coventry City Council – (2) Midlands, (10) West Midlands
• Civil service (Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue & Customs) 750 – Dundee
• EE (250) – this year
• GSK (70) – national
• InterContinental – developing new apprenticeship scheme
• Icon Training (27) – national
• Keepmoat (400) – national
• Lafarge Tarmac (71) – national
• Lloyds Banking Group (100) – this year
• Kier Group (100) – national
• Kwik Fit (200) – national
• Lafarge Tarmac (71) – national
• Mears Group (100) – national
• National Express – launches older workers apprenticeship scheme
• Optionis (30) – North-West
• Prudential (40) – London, Reading, Stirling
• PwC (150) – national
• Rolls Royce – record number of 16 places now available
• QA Apprenticeships – launches cyber security apprenticeship
• Santander (450) – national
• Seven – held a competition to fill seven apprenticeship positions
• Siemens (120) – national
• The Co-operative Funeralcare – (360)
• Virgin Media (1,000) – national
• Whitbread - (6,000) – by 2020

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 will be from 14 to 18 March.


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