31 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England continue to bounce back

Headline news The positive trend continued in Week 31. The downturn in new DA and HA vacancies that was close to 80% in early-Spring has now been reduced to just under 43%. That said, there are a few inconsistencies in the way I collect my data, which I have briefly explained below. One of the … Continue reading 31 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England continue to bounce back

30 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England continue to bounce back

Headline news The positive trend continued in Week 30, albeit partially helped by a small adjustment to my previous data.      Background Since ‘lockdown’ started on Monday 23rd March 2020 I have kept a record of all new higher and degree apprenticeship vacancies posted in England, largely but not exclusively using the government’s ‘Find an apprenticeship’ … Continue reading 30 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England continue to bounce back

29 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England are on the rise

Headlines There’s a lot more good news this week and it has led me to take a new approach to my weekly blog. Many of the bigger providers are actively promoting their 2021 programmes and the only downside is that it’s impossible to keep tabs on the precise number of vacancies, so in some cases … Continue reading 29 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England are on the rise

28 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

Headlines There’s more good news this week. With bigger providers like EY, BDO, RSM, Grant Thornton, Morrisons, JP Morgan and Dyson Institute actively recruiting again, numbers are going up. The occupational and regional LMI generated by this is also becoming all the more interesting. I have had to tweak my approach slightly, but I’ve briefly … Continue reading 28 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

Upcoming Monday webinars by Aberystwyth University

More news just in from my Welsh correspondent. Aberystwyth Uni has put together two new series of webinars for 6th Form/FE students. They start on Monday but continue through October and November. The first series is: "What are Admissions Tutors Looking For?" These are 30-minute faculty-based webinars featuring input from admissions tutors across a range … Continue reading Upcoming Monday webinars by Aberystwyth University

27 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

Headlines I’m pleased to report very positive news at last. It does incorporate some editorial licence on my part, but that’s because Week 27 is when we’ve started to see clear evidence of the bigger providers starting to open their 2021 recruitment. Some large recruiters seem to be deserting the government’s apprenticeship site and others … Continue reading 27 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

26 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

Latest developments The plot thickens! I would summarise Week 26 developments as follows: The slump in new Degree Apprenticeship (DA) vacancies continued with only 12 new vacancies posted in Week 26, following on from the paltry 9 in Week 25.In contrast the number of Higher Apprenticeship (HA) vacancies continued to hold up well, with 84 … Continue reading 26 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

25 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

Headlines This week’s report is a medley of highs, lows and signs of an intriguing trend. The low point was that in Week 25 the number of new Degree Apprenticeship (DA) vacancies advertised in England and suitable for school/college leavers came to a dismal total of nine. This must surely be the lowest figure since … Continue reading 25 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

24 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

Headlines This week I’m pleased to report a distinct upturn, although it remains to be seen whether this is another flash in the pan or the start of a recovery. The improvement on this occasion was also somewhat London-centric with, unusually, over 70% of the new vacancies in the Greater London area. In particular there … Continue reading 24 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

23 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England

Headlines A distinct trend has been noticeable over the last six weeks. It’s not a very encouraging trend, but it would be interesting to debate whether there’s a rationale that explains it or if it’s just a blip. Excluding recent bulk postings of degree apprenticeships (DAs) by West Yorkshire Police (150) and the Valuation Office … Continue reading 23 weeks after the start of ‘lockdown’: latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England