This is an update to the blog I posted on 19th May and summarises the situation one week later.
During the week of 18th to 22nd May I recorded 10 new Degree Apprenticeship vacancies and 22 new Higher Apprenticeship vacancies in England.
Findings (since 23rd March 2020)
In the 9 weeks immediately prior to ‘lockdown’ (20th January to 20th March) I recorded:
- 790 new degree apprenticeships and 733 new higher apprenticeships giving a total of 1,523 and an average of 169 new vacancies each week.
In the 9 weeks since the start of lockdown (23rd March to 22nd May) I have recorded:
- 191 new degree apprenticeships and 143 new higher apprenticeships giving a total of 334 and an average of 37 new vacancies each week.
This now represents a 78% reduction (marginally worse than the previous week when it stood at 77%).
I have also updated my ‘league tables’ in which I record the number of new vacancies in England broken down by what I loosely term ‘occupational areas’, which I find more useful in guidance than strictly adhering to the names of different apprenticeship standards.
Since the ‘lockdown’ date of 23/3/20, the top 10 in each category are now as follows:
- Digital Technology Solutions (current total – 48)
- Accountancy & Taxation
- Financial Services
- Chartered Management
- Control Engineers
- Data Scientists & Analysts
- Broadcast & Media Systems Engineers
- Chemical Engineers
- Building, Property & Valuation Surveyors
- Civil Engineers; Electronic Engineers; Materials Scientists; Quantity Surveyors (all equal, with 2 vacancies each).
In total 22 occupational areas are represented so far and minimum starting salaries still range from £8,092 to £25,065pa.
- Software Developers (current total – 28)
- Science Laboratory Technicians
- Project Management
- Broadcast & Media Systems Technicians
- Data Analysts
- Electrical Power Distribution
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Accountancy & Taxation
- Information Systems Business Analysts; Network Engineers; Software Testers (all equal, with 5 vacancies each).
In total 25 occupational areas are represented so far and minimum starting salaries still range from £6,474 to £29,000pa.
I will continue to observe how it pans out this week and I aim to post another update next Monday.
© Alan Bullock, 26/5/2020
2 thoughts on “Further brief reflections on Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and the impact of COVID-19”
Thank you for your thorough research Alan
Thanks as always Cathy