Figures released from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) show apprenticeships are on the increase, with 442,700 courses beginning in the 2010/2011 academic year. However, there are still concerns about the future of apprenticeships as businesses evaluate their training spend.

Sarah Thwaites, deputy chief executive of Financial Skills Partnership, said: “In order for young people to continue to secure jobs in their chosen profession there must be a wider range of courses, opportunities and career entry routes available from schools, colleges, universities, training providers and employers.”