London remains the Worst Region for Young People to find an Apprenticeship
London remains the Worst Region for young people looking for an Apprenticeship, with a score of 5.26 on the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q3 2017. This means there are 5.26 16-24 yr olds in London for every Workplace Employing Apprentices.
This is more than double the competition a 16-24 yr old faces in the North West or South West. In the North West, the 16-24 yr old face competition from 2.30 other 16-24 yr olds for an Apprenticeship. In the South West, the figure is 2.39.
This is the 8th consecutive Quarter London has ranked as the Worst Region in England on the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q3 2017. In the last 3 years, London has either been last or last but one. This is primarily because of the low number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices in London, compared to other Regions.
London has the 2nd lowest number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices and the highest number of NEET 16-24s
There are two reasons why London ranks as the Worst Region on the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q3 2017:
- London only has 24,150 Workplaces Employing Apprentices. The neighbouring South East Region has 53% more Workplaces Employing Apprentices. Even the less densely-populated South West Region has nearly 5,000 more Workplaces Employing Apprentices than London.
- London had 40,000 more NEET 16-24 year olds in Q3 than in Q2. In fact, London accounted for 37% of the 107,000 additional NEET 16-24 year olds recorded in England in Q3. In contrast, most other Regions recorded a 10-15% increase in Q3, coinciding with the end of the school year. However, the exception was Yorks & Humberside which recorded a decrease of 7.5%, from 94,000 to 87,000 NEET 16-24 year olds in the same period.
London needs to increase the number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices from 24,150 to 41,914, an increase of 74%, just to rank as “Average” on the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q3 2017.
The North West remains the Best Region for Apprentices
For the 3rd consecutive Qtr, the North West remains the Best Region for Apprentices. The North West has an iwantobea.com Apprentice Index of 2.30. The lowest the North West has ranked since Q1 2016 is 3rd. Since 2015, the North West has always been lower than the Average for England.
The primary reason for the North West remaining at the top of the ranking is because it has the highest number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices at 43,080. This is 6,000 more than the next highest region, the South East. This means the North West scores 2.30 on the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index, compared to 2.76 for the South East.
Furthermore, the North West has nearly 30,000 more Workplaces Employing Apprentices than the lowest Region, the North East. This is contrary to the perception that the North East might be a good place for Apprentices due to it being the home of Nissan Sunderland and an extended automotive and engineering supply chain. This means the North West is a greater contributor to the “Northern Powerhouse” than the North East.
Yorks & Humberside is the Most Improved Region for Apprentices
Yorkshire & Humberside improved their iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q3 2017 score by four places in Q3 2017 vs Q2 2017. This is because it was the only Region to record a decrease in the actual number of NEET 16-24s, with an actual decrease of 7,000 from Q2 to Q3.
All other Regions recorded an increase of NEET 16-24s in Q3, coinciding with the end of the school year. The figures gradually decline each quarter as young people eventually find Employment or other opportunities for Education or Training.
Further investigation is required to understand why Yorkshire & Humberside recorded a decrease in NEET 16-24s in Q3, because this was contrary to the national trend.
iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Conclusion: Improve your chances of securing an Apprenticeship by looking in a different Region
The iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q3 2017 demonstrates that students who are on the border of two different Regions should consider widening their search for an Apprenticeship. For example, a student in Yorkshire & Humberside faces competition from 2.83 other NEET 16-24 year olds for an Apprenticeship. However, in the North West, there are only 2.30 NEET 16-24 year olds to compete with for an Apprenticeship. This is a 19% difference in favour of the jobseeker in the North West, due to the higher number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices.
Similarly, a student living in London can increase their chances of securing an Apprenticeship by looking just outside London. In the South East or the East of England, there are only 2.76 and 3.14 NEET 16-24 year olds to compete against for an Apprenticeship, compared to 5.26 in London.
So, to conclude:
A young person can reduce the competition they face when applying for an Apprenticeship by as much as 40-48% just by looking a little further afield.
The iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q3 2017 reveals which Regions in England are the best places to be an Apprentice. The Index compares the number of NEET 16-24 year olds to the number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices in each Region. All figures are calculated from data provided by the Department for Education and the Education Skills Funding Agency. The number of NEETs 16-24 is published Quarterly, while the number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices is published Annually.