Apprenticeships Facts

Did you know…


  • In 2014 the most popular apprenticeship was health and social care
  • Since 2010, there have been over 2 million apprenticeship starts in England
  • Apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries including aerospace, fashion, broadcast media and finance – with 1500 job roles available
  • In 1914 most apprentices started work aged 15 to 17, compared with 19 to 24 today
  • Women now take up 55% of apprenticeships
  • 19% of advanced apprentices progress to Higher Education
  • Higher apprenticeships are available in 40 subjects
  • 100 years ago the most common apprenticeship was dressmaking, followed by engineering
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship (includes 2% self-employed)
  • 71% of apprentices stay with the same employer
  • 82% said their apprenticeship had improved their ability to do the job and 79% said that their career prospects had improved
  • 100 years ago an apprentice could be summoned to court for being ‘idle’ or having a ‘bad attitude’
  • More than 850,000 people have been earning and learning on an apprenticeship in 2013 to 2014
  • Up to 25,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online at any one time
  • There were 1.4 million online applications in 2012 to 2013
  • There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an apprenticeship

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