Siemens has announced that in September 2012 its intake of UK apprentices will be 160, double the figure hired last year. For the first time in decades the number of new UK apprentices at the firm is now higher than that of graduates. Graduate intake is around 100 per year. Siemens is now recruiting similar numbers of apprentices in the UK as it does in Germany.

 The announcement coincided with a visit from the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, to the Siemens Gas Turbine Plant in Berlin. The Ministers toured the factory and met Siemens apprentices.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “This announcement is fantastic news. Apprenticeships give young people an invaluable opportunity to learn on the job and allow employers like Siemens to build a workforce with the practical skills their business needs.”