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Most Popular Apprenticeships In England Last Year

What were the most popular apprenticeships in England last year, where were they and who did them?

The greatest number of people who started an apprenticeship in 2015 / 16 was in the North West of England, where there were 80,820  apprentice starts. This amounts to 16 per cent of the total starts for the year.

Obviously the North West is a pretty big area, so we thought it would be interesting to take a look at where within the North West region those apprentice starts were. These are shown in the table below.

Apprenticeships in the North West of England

Knowsley 1,570
Rossendale and Darwen 1,490
Wigan 1,460
Heywood and Middleton 1,430
Barrow and Furness 1,420
Leigh 1,420
Makerfield 1,420
Birkenhead 1,400
Bootle 1,390
St Helens South and Whiston 1,370
Hyndburn 1,340
Worsley and Eccles South 1,340
St Helens North 1,330
Liverpool Walton 1,310
Blackpool South 1,280
Bolton South East 1,280
Oldham West and Royton 1,280
Wythenshawe and Sale East 1,280
Wallasey 1,250
Manchester Central 1,240
Crewe and Nantwich 1,230
Denton and Reddish 1,230
Blackburn 1,220
Rochdale 1,220
Blackley and Broughton 1,210
Burnley 1,210
Liverpool West Derby 1,210
Salford and Eccles 1,210
Chorley 1,190
Oldham East and Saddleworth 1,190
Warrington North 1,180
Preston 1,170
Garston and Halewood 1,160
Bury South 1,110
Stalybridge and Hyde 1,110
Halton 1,100
Warrington South 1,100
South Ribble 1,090
Stretford and Urmston 1,090
Ashton under Lyne 1,080
Bolton West 1,080
Morecambe and Lunesdale 1,070
Blackpool North and Cleveleys 1,060
Bolton North East 1,050
Ribble Valley 1,050
Stockport 1,050
Carlisle 1,020
Ellesmere Port and Neston 1,010
West Lancashire 990
Workington 980
Southport 960
Bury North 950
Copeland 950
Pendle 950
Fylde 910
Manchester Gorton 910
Weaver Vale 900
Liverpool Wavertree 880
Hazel Grove 860
Westmorland and Lonsdale 840
Congleton 830
Liverpool Riverside 830
Wirral South 790
Eddisbury 780
Wyre and Preston North 780
Lancaster and Fleetwood 770
Macclesfield 760
Sefton Central 740
Penrith and The Border 720
Wirral West 690
Altrincham and Sale West 670
City of Chester 660
Cheadle 650
Manchester Withington 570
Tatton 530

The most abundant apprenticeships are still those in business administration and law, health, public services and care, retail and commercial enterprises, engineering and manufacturing technologies and construction and the built environment – as the figures for 2015 / 16 show below.

Most Popular Apprenticeships In England Last Year

Who’s doing these apprenticeships?

Of those who started their apprenticeship in 2015/16:

  • Nearly 26 per cent (131,240) were aged between 16 and 18
  • 74.2 per cent (377,960) were aged 19+, and of these, 44 per cent were over 25 years’ old
  • 52.8 per cent were female
  • 47.2 per cent were male
  • 9.9 per cent had a learning difficulty or disability



About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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