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Rise in adult apprentice numbers

22 March 2016

Government aims to increase apprenticeship numbers seem to be failing, although there have been more signing up in the over 25 age ranges.

According to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, apprenticeship numbers increased by just 4% between 2010 and 2014, while the figures for the over 25s rose by 17%.

With skills shortages one of the major concerns for the FM sector, the commission has welcomed government aims to increase both the numbers and quality of apprenticeship courses.

However, the figures showed there were more than 5,000 fewer apprentices in the under 19 age bracket in 2014/15 compared to 2010/11.

The numbers for the over 25s grew by more than 15,000, on the other hand.

Another area of concern emerged from the fact that the majority of apprentices were studying at levels below the expectations of their age group.

Results showed that 68% of A-level age apprentices studied at GCSE-level, for example, while degree-age apprentices studied at A-level or lower.

Commission chairman Alan Milburn said: "The government needs to increase the quality of apprenticeships on offer to young people and make sure that every apprenticeship offers a genuine route to success."

Extra funding of £25m has been allocated by the government to fund apprentice recruitment for the 16- to 18-year-old age group.

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