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Apprenticeships on the rise in county, as some areas see biggest increase in UK

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Written by: Sophie Flowers | Posted 25 August 2017 14:17

Apprenticeships on the rise in county, as some areas see biggest increase in UK

The number of people starting apprenticeships is on the rise, writes Annie Gouk, with the number of people starting apprenticeships in the Cotswolds seeing the biggest increase in the country. 

Figures from the Department for Education have revealed that 620 people started an apprenticeship in the area in 2015/16 - up from 440 the year before.

This rise of 41 per cent is the biggest increase in the country, and more than 20 times as high as the national average.

Across England, 503,900 people started an apprenticeship last year - up by just two per cent from the number seen in 2014/15.

Nowhere else in Gloucestershire saw the uptake of apprenticeships rise so dramatically.

In Stroud, for example, 920 people became apprentices in 2015/16 - a rise of 10 per cent from the year before - while in Gloucester itself the figure only went up by four per cent to 1,450 new starters.

In fact, both Cheltenham and Forest of Dean actually saw the number of apprenticeship starts fall over the same period.

Only 700 people started an apprenticeship in Cheltenham last year, down from 730 in 2014/15, while in Forest of Dean the figure fell from 830 to 760 over the course of the year.

Meanwhile, a further 4,450 people across Gloucestershire have already become apprentices between August 2016 and April this year, suggesting that regionally, the total figure for 2016/17 will likely surpass the year before yet again.

The majority of these new apprentices are aged 24 and under, which is also the case across England as a whole.

As the cost of university continues to rise, apprenticeships offer young people a viable alternative, allowing them to earn as they learn.

However, plenty of people in Gloucestershire over the age of 25 are also starting apprenticeships.

These adult apprenticeships are aimed at people looking for a career change, helping them get the necessary qualifications to do so.

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