Record numbers complete apprenticeships
A record 143,000 people completed a UK apprenticeship in the last academic year, a 27 per cent increase on the previous 12 months, according to figures released by the government.
Apprenticeships minister Kevin Brennan said: "It's great news that we're seeing the highest ever number of people completing an apprenticeship, and that the success rates have jumped to more than 70 per cent. I'd like to congratulate all the people who have successfully completed an apprenticeship, and all the businesses that continue to offer apprenticeships, even in difficult economic times.
"The figures speak for themselves - they show that apprenticeships today are rightly regarded as an excellent way to train and build the nation's skills. As we rebuild growth, it's essential that we continue to invest in people and their skills, especially in industries key to our future economic success."
Tom Wilson, head of the TUC's Unionlearn, said: "The resurgence of apprenticeships - backed by unions, employers and considerable Government investment - is offering real hope to a generation who have been hit hard by the recession. Apprenticeships are a vital part of building the country's economy and expanding the skill base.
"We are also seeing the benefits of better quality training and pay, with more people completing their courses than ever before. These figures show that the benefits of lifelong learning and good workplace training are being understood by both employers and employees."