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Week 99: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – a prolific week

Latest reflections National Apprenticeships Week 2022 certainly delivered the goods, producing by far the highest number of vacancies I’ve ever recorded. From Bude to Morpeth and from Ambleside to Sandwich, most parts of England got in on the act. Numbers were especially high in the West Midlands, while the East Midlands and North East also … Continue reading Week 99: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – a prolific week

Week 98: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – 450+ new vacancies

Latest reflections As National Apprenticeships Week 2022 gets under way, it’s good to report a bumper crop of 457 new vacancies in Week 98 across a wide range of occupations, employers and regions. 64 different occupational areas (40 HA and 24 DA) were in the mix this week and almost every county saw some activity. … Continue reading Week 98: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – 450+ new vacancies

Week 97: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – a tasty week

Latest reflections One of the most revealing aspects of observing higher and degree apprenticeship vacancies is the frequent appearance of emerging occupations that might otherwise tend to fly under the radar. This week was no exception with Supply Chain Leaders especially prominent along with a scattering of DevOps Engineers, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Practitioners, Paraplanners … Continue reading Week 97: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – a tasty week

Week 96: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – another colourful week

Latest reflections One of the factors that makes the process of collating my DA and HA data manageable, and that also provides a key message for any student seeking one, is that vacancies are spread across the entire year. There are peaks and troughs, but if you’re in your final year of education and want … Continue reading Week 96: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – another colourful week

Week 95: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – another busy week

Latest reflections Last week was a positive one all round, with over 300 new vacancies spread around the country. Yorkshire and the West Midlands were especially prominent and it’s perhaps a good time to do another quick regional comparison using my ‘per head of population index’ (i.e. the number of apprenticeships per 10,000 population across … Continue reading Week 95: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – another busy week

Week 94: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – it’s all about data!

Latest reflections 2022 started with a decent crop of new HAs and a steady trickle of new DAs. In particular, the rise and rise of careers in Data continued unabated, with Data Science and Data Analytics accounting for 11% of all new DA and HA vacancies this week. The other main highlight was the posting … Continue reading Week 94: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – it’s all about data!

Week 93: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – latest developments

Latest reflections The two-week Christmas and New Year period has been quite busy, with BT, Lloyds Banking Group, BMW, Deutsche Bank, WSP and Roke Manor Research in Romsey (Hampshire) amongst the most notable recruiters. Some of the most interesting new vacancies were 16 User Experience Design DA s with BT, of which 10 are in … Continue reading Week 93: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – latest developments

Week 91: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – the positive story continues

Latest reflections December has been a busy month for both DAs and HAs and this week I picked up an interesting range of new or recent vacancies, amounting to 391 in total. These included: 20 Buying & Merchandising HAs in Watford with TJX UK, of which retailer TKMaxx is a part10 DAs in London for … Continue reading Week 91: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – the positive story continues

Week 90: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – still very positive

Latest reflections There were lots of highlights this week including bulk vacancies for Retail Management HAs with Marks & Spencer, more Associate Ambulance Practitioner HAs in London, a range of new DAs with BT, and McDonalds Chartered Manager DA programme. The rise and rise of Sales Executive HAs continued unabated too, with a further 49 … Continue reading Week 90: Higher & Degree Apprenticeship vacancies in England in the COVID era – still very positive