You're hired! Worcestershire's apprentice numbers soar

Apprentice Published Thursday, 28th September 2017

Lord Sugar will start searching for his next apprentice on our TV screens next week but it's Worcestershire that is leading the way when it comes to apprenticeship schemes.

There have been 5,080 apprentices start in new roles in the county between August 2016 and April 2017, latest figures show.

That's 94.2% of where the county stood at the end of July 2016 (5,390). The apprentice starter figures for April to July this year are still being collated and won't be published until later this year but the signs are looking good that the final figure will be higher than 5,390.

Worcestershire is 6% up on the West Midlands figure (88.8%) and 8% up on the figure for the whole of England (86.2%).

The most popular industries for apprentices in Worcestershire include construction, engineering and ICT.

It's Worcestershire County Council's ambition for all children and young people to contribute to and benefit from increased prosperity in the county.

The County Council and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership both champion career programmes and apprenticeship schemes, supporting both young people and employers to increase the number of opportunities in our key economic sectors.

Cllr Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, said: "Apprenticeship schemes are something that we champion here in Worcestershire.

"I'm pleased that so many young people have been given an opportunity to get into the world of work.

"We have some very talented youngsters in Worcestershire that will positively contribute to our economy and we want them to carry on working in Worcestershire in the future."

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire LEP, said: "A key part of delivering the Strategic Economic Plan for Worcestershire is driving up the skills and employability of the working age population. 

"These figures are fantastic news and show that there is no better way to recruit and train young people, where they can earn and learn at the same time. The fact that Worcestershire has been able to maintain a high level of engagement with the apprenticeship programme across all sectors allows the economy to continue to grow at one of the fastest rates in England."

The Apprentice Show 2017 takes place at Worcester Racecourse on October 19. It will give budding apprentices the chance to find out all about schemes they can sign up for and which employers are looking to recruit.

More than 40 stallholders from training providers to Worcestershire-based companies and colleges will be at the event which runs from 4-7.30pm. It is open to parents and young people.

For more information about the Apprentice Show 2017 go to http://worcsapprenticeships.org.uk/event/the-apprenticeship-show-2017-19th-october-2017/