Apprenticeships? What’s Changed?

This week has seen the launch and celebration of the 13th National Apprenticeship Week.

Modern apprenticeships are now a major contender to traditional routes into the workplace, with many businesses citing the need for ambitious apprentices that are willing and able to train and study alongside their growing business needs. But how have things changed locally over the last 13 years?

Since 2007 there has been a 132% increase in the amount of apprenticeship starts in Peterborough from 340 to 790 in 2019. The numbers of businesses offering Apprenticeships has also increased. In 2009 it was reported that there were just over 12,000 businesses offering Apprenticeships in the East of England, with 23,000 offering them in the last year.

Our local offer includes well established and supportive apprenticeship programmes covering Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree Levels Many businesses offer a mentor in addition to line managers and help Apprentices develop clear career pathways within companies. Nationally, average starting salaries are cited as £17,000.

The Skills Service was founded by economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough, in 2011 (under the name Peterborough Skills Service) as part of its wider Skills Vision for the city. The vision set out to help new talent prosper, giving voice to the city’s businesses, education providers and funders so they could shape the city’s skills agenda and support their future workforce.

We’re continuing to deliver this vision. A challenge voiced regularly by business through Opportunity Peterborough’s annual skills survey is the work-readiness of young people coming out of education at all levels, and the appropriateness of their skill sets.

In the nine years that The Skills Service has been running, we have delivered 956 careers events that have helped young people prepare for work, with activities like CV workshops, work experience, mock interviews and careers fairs to name a few. Of those events, 41 have specifically focused on Apprenticeships and were delivered to 5,500 young people.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW2020) resources for Parents, Teachers and Students can be found here Contact the National Apprenticeship Helpdesk for further support on 0800 015 0400 or by email:

If you’d like to find out what apprenticeships are available in the Peterborough area, visit our stand in Queensgate Shopping Centre on 8 April 9.30am – 5.00pm. Local companies will be sharing their vacancies, you can talk to current apprentices about their experiences, and we’ll have plenty of advice and guidance for anyone considering an apprenticeship.