Apprentice Index Q4 2017 - AMRC Training Centre Apprenticeships

iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q4 2017

The South West and North West remain the Best Regions for Young People to find an Apprenticeship

The South West and North West Regions remain the Top 2 Best Regions in the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q4 2017.

The North West improved its Opportunity Rate on the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q4 2017 from 2.30 in Q3 to 2.00 in Q4. These figures indicate young people in the North West face less competition when applying for an Apprenticeship compared to other Regions.

However, the North West was knocked off the No1 position it had held from Q1-Q3 by the South West which improved its Opportunity Rate from 2.36 to 1.84. This was primarily because of a 23% reduction in the number of NEET 16-24 year olds in the South West from Q3 to Q4, compared to only a 13% reduction in the North West.

 

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The North West has more Workplaces Employing Apprentices than any other Region

The most significant reason the North West has occupied either the No1 or No2 positions throughout 2017 is, quite simply, it has more Workplaces Employing Apprentices than any other Region. The North West has 43,080 companies offering Apprenticeships, 16% more than the next best Region, the South East.

Even though both the North West and West Midlands have almost the same number of NEET 16-24 year olds, the North West has a much better Opportunity Rate. This is because the North West has nearly 50% more Workplaces Employing Apprentices than the West Midlands, at 43,080 vs 29,460.

Furthermore, the North West has 78% more Workplaces Employing Apprentices than London, which only has 24,140. Quite simply, there are simply not enough Workplaces Employing Apprentices in London compared to other Regions.

The North West Region makes a greater contribution to driving the UK economy than London because it has 78% more Workplaces Employing Apprentices.

 

London needs to increase the number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices by 64% just to have an Average Opportunity Rate

London remains the Worst Region for young people looking for an Apprenticeship, with an Opportunity Rate of 4.06 on the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index. This figure means there are 4.06 NEET 16-24 year olds in London for every Workplace Employing Apprentices, compared to the England Average of 2.48.

NEET 16-24 year olds in London face more than double the competition their peers face in the North West or South West. In the North West, the Opportunity Rate on the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q4 2017 is 2.00. In the South West, the Opportunity Rate is 1.84.

This is the 9th consecutive Quarter London has ranked as the Worst Region in England on the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q4 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 (see data table below).

London would need to increase the number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices from 24,140 to 39,516, an increase of 64%, just to have an “Average” Opportunity Rate.

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Yorkshire & Humberside is the Most Improved Region for Apprentices, moving up 6 places since Q2 to No3 in Q4

In only 9 months, the Yorkshire & Humberside Region has risen 6 places from 9th to 3rd on the iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q4 2017, with an Opportunity Rate much better than the England Average.

  • In Q2, Yorkshire & Humberside had an Opportunity Rate of 3.06 which put it firmly in second to last place.
  • Most notably, in Q3 the Region moved up 5 places to 4th, with an Opportunity Rate of 2.83.
  • The Opportunity Rate improved again in Q4 to 2.18, putting the Yorkshire & Humberside Region in 3rd place.

One of the reasons for the dramatic improvement in the Opportunity Rate in Yorkshire & Humberside is because it was the only Region to record a decrease in the actual number of NEET 16-24 year olds in Q3 vs Q2.

During Q3 2017, all other Regions recorded an increase of NEET 16-24 year olds, as always happens at the end of the school year. As young people eventually find Employment or other opportunities for Education or Training, the actual number of NEET 16-24 year olds tends to reduce in Q4 vs Q3.

In Q4, Yorkshire & Humberside recorded a 23% decrease in NEET 16-24 year olds. This was double the % decrease in the North East, which has a much worse Opportunity Rate.

Conclusion: Improve your Opportunity Rate of securing an Apprenticeship by looking in a different Region

The iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q4 2017 demonstrates that students who are on the border of two different Regions should consider widening their search for an Apprenticeship in order to improve their Opportunity Rate.

For example, a student in the North East has an Opportunity Rate of 2.66. However, the Opportunity Rate in neighbouring Yorkshire & Humberside is 2.18 and 2.00 in the North West. This means that the North West is a greater contributor to the Northern Powerhouse than the North East.

As a result, NEET 16-24 year olds in the North East can improve their Opportunity Rate by 22% or 33% by looking for an Apprenticeship in the neighbouring Regions of Yorkshire & Humberside or the North West instead.

A young person can reduce the competition they face when applying for an Apprenticeship by as much as 44-74% just by looking a little further afield.

Similarly, a student living in London can improve their Opportunity Rate by looking just outside London. The Opportunity Rate in London is 4.06. In the East of England, which includes Essex, Herts and Beds, it is 2.82. In the South East, which includes the M4 corridor and the Home Counties, it is 2.34.

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Notes

The iwantobea.com Apprentice Index Q4 2017 reveals which Regions have the best Opportunity Rate for Young People to find Apprenticeships. It compares the number of NEET 16-24 year olds to the number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices for each Region. All figures are calculated from data provided by the Department for Education and the Education Skills Funding Agency. The number of NEET 16-24 year olds is published Quarterly, while the number of Workplaces Employing Apprentices is published Annually.

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