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Apprenticeships in the East Riding of Yorkshire


12:00am 7th December 2011

Apprenticeship take-up figures obtained from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills show that youngsters from the North of England are 70% more likely to enrol on an apprentice than their counterparts in London and the South East.
London has the worst record for apprenticeship take-up, with both inner and outer-London boroughs scoring poorly. The bottom 10 includes affluent areas such as Kensington and Chelsea (0.78%) as well as areas such as Barnet (1.41%) and Redbridge (1.74%) (see full lists below)

1.    Wokingham    15.11%
2.    East Riding of Yorkshire   14.71%
3.    Cambridgeshire  12.49%
4.    Shropshire  9.43%
5.    Blackpool  9.15%
6.    Warrington 8.87%
7.    Wiltshire 8.73%
8.    Doncaster  8.13%
9.    Halton 7.99%
10.  Plymouth 7.39%
11.  Barnsley 7.34%
12.  Herefordshire 7.11%
13.  Wigan 7.06%
14.  Northumberland 7.06%
15.  Knowsley  7.01%
16.  Tameside  6.90%
17.  Redcar and Cleveland  6.88%
18.  South Tyneside  6.81%
19.  North Tyneside  6.65%
20.  Isle of Wight  6.51%
Apprenticeships - a north / south divide
70% of all apprenticeships are taken up by youngsters in the North of England, according to a new report commissioned by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians).
Young Londoners were the least likely to be on an apprenticeship programme.  This includes affluent areas such as Kensington and Chelsea (0.78%) as well as areas such as Barnet (1.41%) and Redbridge (1.74%).
The report further reveals that whilst apprentice take-ups can be partly attributed to industrial composition, unemployment levels and differing rates of economic activity - none of these variations are sufficient enough to explain the huge divide between North and South.
Commenting on the report, Jane Scott Paul, Chief Executive at AAT said:

"Whilst many won't be surprised that apprenticeship take-up is more prevalent in the North - it is the difference between the two that causes alarm. London boroughs - despite being amongst the most affluent in the country also have huge pockets of deprivation and it begs the question whether youngsters are all equally aware of opportunities available to them. 
"One in five 16-24 year olds in the UK are currently not in employment, education or training and this problem is one that won't go away. If the government is committed to providing funding for apprenticeships - employers, schools, parents and young people themselves need to be aware of these opportunities and more importantly see them as the best route into jobs and a career."

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