Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 25th October 2011.

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Photo of Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd Liberal Democrat, Eastbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) apprenticeship vacancies there were and (b) people were seeking an apprenticeship on (i) 1 September and (ii) 1 October 2011.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) apprenticeship vacancies online system shows that there were 7,950 live apprenticeship vacancies on 2 September 2011(1), and 6,190 live apprenticeship vacancies on 1 October 2011.

The apprenticeships vacancies system does not provide a measure of the number of people seeking an apprenticeship at any given time. In the first two months (August and September) of the 2011-12 academic year 88,730 candidates activated an account on the system, enabling them to make applications for advertised vacancies. This total does not include individuals who activated accounts in previous quarters but are still seeking an apprenticeship.

A vacancy can be advertised on both the apprenticeship vacancy online system and also via an employer's own website.

It is not possible to record those applications which have gone directly to the employer, therefore the applications only relate to the vacancies advertised through the apprenticeship vacancies online system.

Apprenticeship vacancy online reports are updated on a monthly basis and published by the Data Service on the fourth day of each calendar month at the following link:

(1) Vacancy figures were not available for 1 September so the next possible date was used.

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