BIS announced apprenticeships ‘considerably’ more likely in manufacturing
A study of the government’s Apprenticeship Grant scheme has shown apprentices are “considerably” more likely to be located in manufacturing and engineering, construction and agriculture.
According to the research from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the programme has performed strongly in the production sectors with a high share of young male apprentices.
The report said some regions formed a more natural home for apprenticeship with manufacturing highlighted as a “particularly” strong representation of apprentice-receptive sectors.
The data showed 28 per cent of age 16 to 24 apprenticeships were located in manufacturing and engineering and covered 11 per cent of all apprenticeships.
The document said: “A first analysis shows that age 16 to 24 apprenticeships were more often located in the wholesale and retail, construction, and manufacturing sectors than in other sectors.”
Manufacturing also reported the most consistent employer engagement with apprenticeship with 14 per cent connecting with the initiatives in June 2012, November 2012 and again in March 2013.
Other sectors jumped and fell with the highest growth reported in the undefined “other services” sector, which more than doubled from 7 per cent to 15 per cent in the same period.
In February 2012, the government launched the Apprenticeship Grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds. It provides 40,000 small to medium enterprises with £1,500 for each apprentice to support training costs.
The criterion was amended at the end of August 2012, including an extension of the eligibility of businesses from those employing up to 250 staff to those with up to 1,000.
You can read RIO Director Lindsey Hall’s response to the story here in our blogs.