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National Apprenticeship Services figures show more than 10 applications for every role
MORE than 10 people are now battling for every North-East apprenticeship, according to new figures.
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) says North-East firms have posted 7,580 online vacancies in the last 12 months, receiving more than 97,300 applications.
However, bosses have warned North-East employers must “wake up” to the value of apprentices after the region's increase in the number of apprenticeships sat behind London, the South-West, Yorkshire and Humber, and the South-East.
According to the figures, Darlington saw a 46 per cent in increase in apprenticeship applications last year, with 6,150 people targeting vacancies, meaning there were 14 workers for every one apprenticeship.
In Middlesbrough, 17 people are fighting for every apprenticeship, after it experienced a 70 per cent rise in applications with 5,760 youngsters searching for a career path.
The figure is repeated across Redcar and Cleveland, where 4,000 applications were made, with 11 people for every apprenticeship in Durham and 15 for every one apprenticeship in Stockton and Sunderland.
Bosses say business, admnistration and law apprenticeship applications topped the North-East, with 39,100 online applications, with engineering and manufacturing roles attracting more than 20,000 applications.
Sue Price, NAS North divisional director, said: “These figures show the demand for apprenticeships in the North-East keeps growing, they are the first choice for many talented young people and more employers wanting young talent need to wake up to this fact.
“With such strong demand, it's vital we encourage more employers to take advantage of the benefits that apprenticeships bring because 86 per cent of apprentices stay in employment after their initial training finishes.”
The report says about 1.4 million online applications have been made across the UK, with the highest increases in advertsied vacancies in vehicle sales, facilities management and clinical healthcare.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said it was important youngsters were given the opportunity to become an apprentice.
He said: “We want to see it become the norm that young people either go to university or move into an apprenticeship, and I urge more employers to consider how hiring an apprentice could be beneficial.”
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