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New generation of apprentices could help fill skills gap, TUC claims

13 Mar 14  | Recruitment News
  The general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has claimed that a new generation of apprentices could help fill the skills gap, after a new report revealed that vacancies for the schemes increased last year.

According to, Frances O'Grady also noted that more employers need to get involved in providing such training if this is to be achieved.

She said: "If the UK economy is to compete successfully against its global competitors, it needs a highly-skilled workforce and while new generation of apprentices can help address the skills shortages that are currently causing many jobs to go unfilled, despite the fact that jobseekers still outnumber vacancies by four to one."

Her comments come after the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) revealed that the schemes are becoming more popular with young people. In the three months from August to October last year, applications for apprenticeships increased by 43 per cent. Over the same period, vacancies also rose by 24 per cent, reports

Female applicants also increased by more than half since 2012 and around 216,000 applications were made by females to apprenticeships roles during the aforementioned three month period.

Alex Curling, from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, said that only a small number of employers are keen to recruit jobseekers who haven't had a job before. He noted that apprenticeships are important because they provide young people with much-needed experience of the industry they want to work in.

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