The demand for apprenticeship places is expected to be at all time high as many students turn to practical qualifications over university degrees following yesterday's A-Level results.
There are over ten thousand apprenticeship places in our region this year. More than half (54%) of young people in England want to do an Apprenticeship if one is available and figures from youth website Not Going To Uni have shown 71% of employers would recommend young people do an Apprenticeship.
The Federation of Small Businesses has accused the Government of failing youngsters who want to take up an apprenticeship. The organisation, which represents more than 15,000 firms across the region, says too much Government money is being channelled away from where it is needed most.
New figures show that 2500 people in Bradford have taken up apprenticeships since August 2011. This comes on top of record numbers of apprentices in the area last year: 4620 were on an apprenticeship in 2010/11, an increase of 70% on the previous year.