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More young people than ever seeking apprenticeships as an alternative to higher education

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 15, 2015 | School life

GetMyFirstJob (GMFJ) has seen a 118% increase in registrations on its site on A level results day last month, compared to last year.  

GMFJ, which specialises in helping young people find an apprenticeship, also experienced more than 1,000 applications on the day. 

Overall, the site saw a 58% rise in young people interested in an apprenticeship compared to last year, with candidate registrations rising from 130,000 in May 2014 to 206,000 in September 2015. 

There has also been a big increase in the number of young people searching for jobs in particular sectors. The financial sector, engineering and manufacturing and social media and digital marketing have all seen a more than 150 per cent growth in interest compared to last year based on candidates selecting these areas on their profile. 

David Allison, CEO of GMFJ, said: 'Apprenticeships are increasingly seen as a great alternative to University. Not only are young people able to gain professional qualifications that are recognised in their future professions, but they are able to gain the practical experience that makes them incredibly employable. 

'Apprentices are not only able to avoid the very significant student debt that graduates will incur, but they will actually be paid whilst they are learning. Every young person - and their parents - should make sure they understand the alternatives when choosing the best route for them.'

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