The number of people starting apprenticeships so far this academic year is up 13 per cent compared with last year.
There have been 166,400 apprenticeship starts reported to date during the 2018-19 academic year, between August 2018 and November 2018, according to figures released by the Department for Education.
This compares with 147,200 reported in the equivalent period in 2017-18. This is, however, 17.6 per cent down on 2016-17, when 202,000 starts were reported.
Of the 166,400 apprenticeship starts reported so far in 2018-19, 58.6 per cent (97,500) were on apprenticeship standards.