Apprenticeship vacancies in Doncaster increase by almost a third

A woman looking into the window of a job centre.
A woman looking into the window of a job centre.

The number of apprenticeship vacancies available in Doncaster has increased by almost a third over the last year, new figures have shown.

Data released this week reveals a 29 per cent increase in apprenticeship vacancies in Doncaster posted online on the apprenticeship vacancies website between August and October 2014 (Academic Year Q1 2014/15) compared to the same period the previous year.

A total of 270 vacancies were advertised over the three months versus 210 in 2013/14.

Simon Dishman, Policy and Information Officer at Doncaster Chamber, called the figures ‘encouraging’.

He continued: “This is positive for the local area as its seeks to re-balance its economy to make it more resilient against economic downturns. Results compiled in the previous two of our Quarterly Economic Survey’s (QES) also reflect businesses becoming increasingly aware of Apprenticeships with nearly a third of respondents saying that they have recruited 1 or more apprentices over the period.

“Going forward, nearly 60 per cent of businesses responding to the QES said that they were likely to recruit an apprentice over the next 12 months. This is in addition to many more opportunities offered by employers to young people directly.”

Nationally, the greatest number of online vacancies overall was for Business, Administration and Law apprenticeships (18,940), whilst Health, Public Services and Care apprenticeships saw the biggest rise in vacancies year-on-year, with an increase of 50 per cent.

There were also noticeable rises in the number of apprenticeship vacancies within the vital STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) fields. Apprenticeship vacancies advertised online in Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies and Information and Communication Technology both recorded a 23 per cent increase on the same period last year.