Why more people in Hull are likely to become apprentices than most places in the UK
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By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Aug 2017
People in Hull are more likely to do an apprenticeship than almost anywhere else in the country according to new statistics.
Figures from the Department for Education have revealed that 3,590 people started an apprenticeship in the city between August 2016 and April this year.
This means that Hull has one of the highest rates of people doing apprenticeships - nearly twice the national average.
It works out as one person out of every 58 in the city becoming an apprentice, according to the lastest data.
The majority of these new apprentices in Hull are actually over the age of 25 - unlike the rest of England, where those aged 24 and under are more likely take up an apprenticeship.
These adult apprenticeships are aimed at people looking for a career change, helping them get the necessary qualifications to do so.
However, plenty of people in Hull aged between 19 and 24 are also starting apprenticeships. As the cost of university continues to rise, apprenticeships offer young people a viable alternative, allowing them to earn as they learn.
Ian Kelly, chief executive of Hull and Humber Chamber, says local businesses believe apprenticeships are important to ensure new employees have a good work ethic and relevant skills.
“The Chamber and our local business community are very positive about apprenticeships,” he said.
“We took a decision some years ago to create and apprenticeship because it’s a concern of business who will have a good work ethic and skills for business.
“In recent years the government has introduced the apprenticeship levy, so it is important for businesses to understand how this might affect or benefit them.
“Training 16 to 18 year olds means, in engineering for example they have been able to equip themselves with the particular skills for the industry.”
The Chamber has a training arm, and helps to offer apprenticeships alongside other providers including Hull College, Bishop Burton College and HCUK Training.
Across England, 434,400 people started an apprenticeship over the same period - one in every 102 people over the age of 16.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that the number of people deciding to become an apprentice has risen dramatically over the last couple of years.
In 2015/16 - the last full year that data is available for - 3,580 people started an apprenticeship in Hull, up by 39 per cent from 2,570 in 2013/14.
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