ICT apprenticeship vacancies spike 13% in three months

ICT apprenticeship vacancies are on the rise, as applications shoot up by 42%, according to National Apprenticeship Service

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) apprenticeship vacancies spiked 13% between August and October 2013, according to figures from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).

The quarterly Apprenticeship Index revealed the number of vacancies posted on the NAS website increased from 1,700 between August and October 2012 to 1,920 for the same period this year.

Matthew Hancock MP, skills and enterprise minister, said: "These figures show that apprenticeships are growing in appeal to young people, and yet more young women are seeking out this unique opportunity to earn while they learn and gain a recognised qualification while notching up vital work experience.”

Online applications for available ICT vacancies have increased 42% (to 37,690), with each vacancy attracting an average of 20 applications.

London saw the biggest increase with a 53% rise. However, the north saw the biggest rise in applications (76%).

In light of these figures the government is urging employers to make more apprenticeship positions available to meet the rising demand.

"With new independent research revealing that one in five employers currently have former apprentices working in senior, board level, positions, it’s also very encouraging to see vacancies increasing and new employers coming on board," added Hancock.

“But with each online position attracting an average of 12 applications, demand continues to outstrip supply and I would urge more employers to consider how they can take advantage of this available pool of talent and grow their business through apprenticeships.”

The highest number of applications and vacancies were see in the business administration and law sector with 165,410 applications made during the period for15,550 apprenticeships. 

The figures also revealed an increase in overall apprenticeship applications from females. Online applications across all sectors increased by more than half since 2012, with 216,100 applications made by females in the three month period - a 55% increased.

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