More young people are chasing fewer apprenticeship opportunities in the hospitality and catering industry, according to new figures published today.
While applications for apprenticeships in the sector increased by 12% from 9750 in February, March and April 2011 to 10920 in the same period of 2012, the number of vacancies decreased by more than 19%, down to 1720 from 2143, according to data from the National Apprenticeship Service.
Vacancies for apprenticeships amongst all sectors, however, grew to a record number of over 32,600, with total applications reaching 370,000 in the past three months.
Responding to the growing interest in apprenticeships, the National Apprenticeship Service has launched two new online guides. The first will provide help for small and medium sized employers when hiring an apprentice, while the second will support large employers in setting up apprenticeships in their organisations.
"For SMEs there is also the added incentive of £1500, to assist them in the recruitment of apprentices."
According to the National Apprenticeship Service, apprenticeships help to transform lives, stimulate growth in the economy and instill pride in skilled individuals.
For further information, go to apprenticeships.org.uk