Appetite for IT apprenticeships up by a third

Data from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) shows that IT is one of the most popular types of apprenticeships applied for via the Apprenticeship Vacancies website over the last year.

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Data from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) shows that IT is one of the most popular types of apprenticeships applied for via the Apprenticeship Vacancies website over the last year.

According to the data revealed by NAS today, there were 13 applications for every ICT vacancy.

The total number of online applications for the ICT sector was 104,380 in 2012/13, up 36 percent from last year (76,660). The total number of online vacancies in the sector had also increased, by 42 percent, from 5,553 last year to 7,904.

A closer look at the data shows that there were 83,760 applications for apprenticeships in IT, software, web and telecoms, making it the fourth most popular job type after business and administration, childcare and customer service. The remainder applications were for specific jobs such as IT application specialist.

Meanwhile, there were 6,486 IT, software, web and telecoms apprenticeship vacancies posted during 2012/13, putting IT in fifth position, up from sixth most popular last year.

Overall online apprenticeship applications on the Apprenticeship Vacancies website have increased by nearly a third (32 percent) year-on-year, with vacancies attracting more than 1.4 million applications between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013.

Helen West, director of skills development at sector skills council e-skills UK, said: “It’s great to see the popularity of IT apprenticeships among young people. The opportunity to earn while you learn is clearly attractive, and the schemes offered by major employers offer the chance to gain top-notch qualifications alongside on-the-job knowledge.

“One of our aims at e-skills UK is to make it easier for SMEs to take on apprenticeships which do just that, with both the content of training and its delivery quality-assured. We’re also behind the development of IT Higher Apprenticeships, which combine academic rigour with practical, employer-defined training, and can lead to degree-level qualifications. These figures show what a tempting offer this is for high-achieving young people.”

Earlier this month, the IT Skills Academy, a partnership between the National Skills Academy for IT, training provider NITP and BT, created 135 new positions to add to the 300 already created since October 2012.

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