LAST week we discussed how businesses and organisations had created 1,395 apprenticeships in North Devon and Torridge over the past year, a 15% increase since 2011.
The recent North Devon Skills Survey findings and an additional Apprenticeships Report analysing North Devon and Torridge data direct from the National Apprenticeship Service now give even more detailed information. These reports have been compiled by SERIO at Plymouth University, who identified a number of local trends.
For example, in Northern Devon we have a higher proportion of apprentices aged 16 to 18 than the rest of the country, suggesting that our employers are more open to helping young people get a foot on the career ladder.
Health, public services and care; business administration and law; and retail and commercial enterprise employed almost three quarters (74.8%) of all local apprentices. Arts, media and publishing, and education and training businesses employed the smallest number of apprentices, but the numbers for the former have doubled every year over the last three years.
Even sectors that did not show growth are still responsible for significant local apprentice numbers. Agriculture, horticulture and animal care employers started 63 apprentices in 2012/13, while construction, planning and the built environment started 93, and engineering and manufacturing technologies started 128. Visit ndemploymentand skills.co.uk for details.