A record number of young people are joining apprenticeships.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills figures show 860,000 people enrolled in apprenticeships in the last 12 months, an increase of over 40% from 3 years ago. More than 1.5 million have started apprentice work since 2010.
Government initiatives like the See Inside Manufacturing campaign, and the recently unveiled Automotive Sector Strategy, aim to improve both the quality and quantity of apprentices in the automotive industry. Members of the Automotive Council expect to create an additional 7,600 apprenticeships over the next five years.
It seems there is a growing appetite for apprenticeships in the wider manufacturing industry; only 18 per cent of manufacturing employers currently provide apprenticeships but 43 per cent plan to do so in the future.