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Guardian Jobs

August 31, 2011 10:35 ET

Dramatic Increase in Apprenticeships Due to 'Striking Rise' in Trainees Over 25, Report Guardian Jobs

Research Shows Apprentices Over 25 Up from 36,000 to 121,000

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2011) - A dramatic increase in apprenticeships, part of a government drive to tackle massive youth unemployment, has been fuelled by a surge in apprentices aged over 25, report Guardian Jobs, one of the UK's leading jobs websites.

The coalition government exceeded its target of creating 203,200 apprenticeships for people over 19 in the 2010-11 financial year, creating 257,000 new apprentices, according to figures released in June. Research by the House of Commons library shows that the increase is due to a 'striking rise' in apprentices over 25.

Opposition leaders have accused the coalition of giving priority to increasing apprenticeships, rather than focusing on skills needed for economic growth, such as construction and electrical engineering.

A spokesperson for Guardian Jobs said today "The fact that apprentice numbers are increasing is good news for the jobs market at large as it will put less pressure on recent graduates entering the jobs market for the first time."

"A fresh intake of job seekers will be hitting the market right now, following this summer's university graduations, so anything that frees up jobs in the market to graduates is welcomed."

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