So, you’ve decided you want to be an apprentice – congratulations! The next stage is deciding where to look.
Apprenticeships by region
Geographically speaking, apprenticeships are all over the place. We know that’s not too helpful, so here’s a breakdown of apprenticeship scheme numbers across the regions of England in 2014/15, to give you an idea of the opportunities on offer in those areas:
North East - 35,220
North West - 79,310
Yorkshire and The Humber - 62,550
East Midlands - 48,060
West Midlands - 61,240
East of England - 45,790
London - 45,550
South East - 65,030
South West - 51,480
London has the most opportunities of any city, by a significant margin. Hampshire is second with 13,870 which is only about a third of what’s on offer in the capital.
Apprenticeships by sector
There are a wide variety of sectors which offer apprenticeships. In terms of what industries have the most opportunities, here’s a breakdown of apprenticeship scheme numbers for the same year:
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care - 7,010
Arts, Media and Publishing - 1,460
Business, Administration and Law - 142,980
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment - 18,290
Education and Training - 7,450
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies - 74,060
Health, Public Services and Care - 129,890
Leisure, Travel and Tourism - 13,070
Retail and Commercial Enterprise - 89,570
Science and Mathematics - 380
You can compare the number of opportunities available with the number of vacancies – so you can see what industries are less well subscribed; it might help you decide what area to aim for.
Figures for August 2015 to April 2016
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care - 6,300
Arts, Media and Publishing - 960
Business, Administration and Law - 106,020
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment - 18,340
Education and Training - 6,490
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies - 62,490
Health, Public Services and Care - 95,930
Information and Communication Technology - 12,110
Leisure, Travel and Tourism - 11,370
Retail and Commercial Enterprise - 64,070
Science and Mathematics - 390
So there you have it! A lot of stats, yes, but hopefully now you have a better idea of which areas of the UK, and which industries, are the most popular. If there's an industry here that takes your fancy, it's time to brush up your CV and cover letter and get searching for that apprenticeship scheme!
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