Provisional figures published on 27th october by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills indicate that apprenticeship starts for academic year 2010/11 have risen by more than 50 per cent compared with final figures from 2009-10.
The Statistical First Release shows that apprenticeship numbers have risen across all age ranges and levels of training across the apprenticeships programme.
The data shows that there were 442,700 apprenticeship starts in the full 2010/11 academic year (final data for 2009/10 shows 279,700 starts).
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "This Government's unprecedented investment in apprenticeships is working for businesses and creating long term career opportunities for record numbers of trainees.
I'm particularly pleased that vital sectors like construction, manufacturing and engineering are continuing to back apprenticeships, despite tough economic times.”
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