Apprenticeships 14th October 2015 Manufacturing: Record numbers undertaking apprenticeships. Provisional statistics released show that more people than ever are doing an apprenticeship, with a strong growth in the number of higher apprenticeships. According to the figures, more than 872,000 people were employed on government-funded apprenticeships during the 2014-15 academic year, with almost 30,000 people working towards gaining the higher value skills British businesses need via high and degree apprenticeships. With the Government committed to delivering 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 now may be the ideal time for your manufacturing business to explore the benefits of hiring younger people via the Government-funded apprenticeship? Should you require any additional information regarding the Government-funded apprenticeship programme including the planned new apprenticeship levy please get in touch.