Number of Lincolnshire youngsters turning to apprenticeships increases
The number of young people in Lincolnshire turning to apprenticeships has increased significantly, according to new figures.
Around 2,430 applications were submitted online between November last year and January. That accounts for a 16 per cent increase on the same period a year earlier, in the statistics gathered by the National Apprenticeship Service.
During the same three months, the body said there were 292 vacancies advertised in the county.
The figures were released ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, which will see taster sessions offered to people interested in starting in the trainee roles.
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Events will be taking place across Lincolnshire between Monday, March 11, and Friday, March 15.
Jane Newman, work-based learning manager at the City of Lincoln Council, said the increase proved young people were "eager to get into the workplace and learn new skills".
She added the figures showed why even more firms should consider running their own schemes.
"Businesses who do not currently have apprentices should consider getting involved as apprentices can bring something new to a workforce," she said.
The Lincolnshire events are among more than 40 being held in the East Midlands and hundreds across the country.
One organisation planning a full week of activities is construction firm Gelder Group.
The Sturton by Stow-based firm is running workshops and taster sessions involving skills such as brickwork, gardening and business administration.
Participants will receive certificates at the end of the week.
Lincolnshire Co-operative, which takes on apprentices in its foodstores and pharmacies, is also taking part by holding volunteering events during the week.
Lincolnshire County Council is also holding a seminar for people to learn more about the voting system on Tuesday, March 12. And Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership is holding a training session on Friday, March 15.
Emma Snedden, spokesman for Lincolnshire Co-operative, said: "We believe in apprenticeships because it gives people the chance to learn while they earn.
"It helps them get into roles they are going to enjoy and be good at while in their careers.
"We've also had some great apprentices who have started with us and gone on to a variety of roles, such as supervisors an duty managers."
The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2013 is "apprenticeships deliver".
Organisers say it will showcase the benefits of the training schemes for apprentices, employers and the economy.
The latest statistics showed that nationally the number of vacancies advertised increased by 27 per cent during the period monitored.
And David Way, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, said this showed more people were becoming aware of the "value of the high-quality training available".
To find out more about National Apprenticeship Week, visit www.apprenticeships.org. uk/theweek