Apprentice growth in Greater Manchester dominated by older workers, study finds

Almost half of apprenticeships in Greater Manchester have been taken by adults in their thirties, forties and fifties – many of whom are likely to already be in jobs – rather than young people trying to get into work, a new study finds.

The report by New Economy – Greater Manchester’s economic think-tank and advisor on best policy practice – shows that adult apprentices over the age of 25 have grown from 2,472 in 2008/9 to 13,485 in 2012/13 (a rise of 446%).

Almost two-thirds of those undertaking Greater Manchester-wide apprenticeships are women (64% in 2012/13) working in areas such as health and social care, customer service and business administration. Out of more than 200 different apprenticeships, these three account for half of all starts among older adults.

Meanwhile, there has been a 26% drop recorded in 16-18 year olds beginning apprenticeships in the three years to 2013.

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