It’s National Apprenticeship week in the UK, and right now, figures show there are currently 8,400 positions up for grabs, in fields spanning from education to engineering and even trainee legal roles.
Job search-engine Adzuna, estimates there are currently 8,374 advertised apprenticeship vacancies available in the UK, offering an average salary of £14,759 – significantly more than the government’s £3.50 minimum wage for young, trained workers.
Where are they?
Those seeking immediate employment should look to London and the South East – where the vast majority of positions appear to be clustered.
Jobseekers seeking a training-scheme have 2,484 openings to choose from in the Greater London region, and 1,088 in the South East.
However, outside of the capital, there are also plenty of roles to be filled.
The cities home to the most advertised apprenticeship vacancies are Manchester (198), Birmingham (166), Leeds (127), Bristol (117) and Reading (110), all worth considering for potential applicants.
But what field offers the best pay?
Apprentices in the legal sector can expect the highest pay, with advertised wages in this area of £23,904.
Engineering placements follow close behind, with an average salary of £22,512 on offer for apprenticeship schemes.
Teaching placements (£20,814), consultancy positions (£18,864), and maintenance openings (£18,461) round-off the top five most lucrative apprenticeship opportunities.
However, these well-paid positions are not necessarily the most readily available.
The sectors currently offering most apprenticeship positions are IT (1,085), hospitality and catering (1,046), and teaching (740) while there are only 9 legal opportunities currently available in the entire country.
Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “Increasing apprenticeships is crucial to unlocking the skills crisis currently constraining our key industries.
“The government has set an ambitious target to help encourage young blood in skills shortage areas like engineering and teaching.
“Publicising and filling these opportunities will be key. Developing further flexible options like graduate apprenticeships will help encourage applicants who wish to study alongside learning on the job, and this should be expanded further.
“Another issue is that apprenticeships are currently clustered in the South East corner of the country, and opportunities in the other regions of the UK need to be fostered.
“With university tuition fees at an all-time high, more young people are looking at alternative ways to up-skill after school, without the hefty price tag.
“Apprenticeships offer a cost-effective way of training on the job as well as developing new talent in skills shortage areas. This makes them a win-win solution for both employers and job seekers.”
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