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Growth in apprenticeships outstripping graduate roles

Roles open to apprentices have grown by almost a fifth, vastly outstripping growth in graduate jobs.

According to the Institute of Student Employers, formerly the Association of Graduate Recruiters, companies hired 11,016 apprentices this year, up 19%. They increased graduate hiring by just 1%, recruiting 20,614 graduates.

The ISE also found that the number of apprenticeships has grown to 54% of the volume of graduate jobs, compared with 44% last year - perhaps reflecting the introduction of the apprenticeship levy earlier this year.