January 8, 2013
The growing popularity of apprenticeships was underscored yet again last week, when the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) released its 2012 figures for apprenticeship applications and vacancies. The number of applications filed online reached nearly 1,127,000, while that of vacancies advertised stood at 106,510.
Business and Administration proved the most popular professional field both in terms of applications and vacancies. The NAS report shows that 311,190 applications were submitted in the Business and Administration category, while the number of vacancies posted online was 26,480.
The second most popular category among aspiring apprentices was Childcare with 76,410 applications. Customer Services landed at number three with 72,220 applications, and Vehicle Maintenance & Repair and IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional rounded off the top five. The former generated 71,370 applications and the latter 66,650.
Customer Service was ranked second by the number of vacancies posted, with a total of 10,460. Hospitality and Catering came in third with 8,650 vacancies and the fourth place went to Childcare with 5,490. IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professional secured the fifth position on this count as well, responsible for 5,040 vacancies.
Commenting on the results, NAS chief executive David Way said they provided further proof of the popularity apprenticeships have come to enjoy, both among employers and the public. Attracted by the high quality of work done by training providers, a broad range of people are making an apprenticeship their first choice in the pursuit of a career. The NAS is hopeful that 2013 will bring continued growth in vacancy numbers and more apprenticeships in pivotal sectors like the Digital and Creative Industries, Engineering and IT.
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