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Thinking about life after school? Apprenticeships and traineeships on the increase.

In positive news for those considering their options after school, new figures published this month have revealed that the number of people taking an apprenticeship and traineeship is on the increase.

Provisional figures released by Department for Business Innovation and Skills for the first half of the 2014 to 2015 academic year show significant growth in the number of people on an apprenticeship or traineeship compared to the same period last year.

Almost 670,000 people were learning while earning with an apprenticeship during the first half of the year, including more than 400,000 16 to 24 year olds.

Meanwhile, traineeships, which give young people the essential skills and work experience they need to get an apprenticeship or other job, also continue to gain momentum. More than 9,000 traineeships started since August 2014 alone.

Importantly, the figures show strong growth in the number of people taking higher apprenticeships, with more than 19,000 people participating in a higher apprenticeship during the first half of the year.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Apprenticeships deliver for employers, young people, adults and the economy. Today’s figures show that the long-term economic plan is working as more and more people across the country reap the benefits of apprenticeships. I am greatly encouraged to see the significant growth in traineeships. Despite only being in their second year, traineeships are equipping thousands of young people with the experience and skills essential for the workplace.

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