A new report from jobs listing website Adzuna, has revealed the sectors of the economy with the highest numbers of job vacancies across the UK. 

The in-demand sectors are IT, which had a 6% increase in vacancies in February 2015 compared with six months earlier, followed by Engineering, Accountancy and Finance, Construction and Property, Human Resources and Marketing.  Adzuna gathers information on vacancies from thousands of websites across the UK and brings them together on a single platform.

This summer’s graduates will be hoping to cash in on the growing number of vacancies, but Greater Manchester’s largest Apprenticeship training provider is advising school and college leavers to consider the vocational alternative for a rewarding career.

Jayne Worthington, Interim Managing Director of The Skills Company said: “This is an interesting snapshot of the current UK labour market, and it’s encouraging that there is a growth in the number of high level vacancies.   In many of these sectors, university used to be the primary route into careers, but now we have Apprenticeship opportunities available in all of them which offer young people practical experience and a salary while they are getting qualified.”

“We currently have 134 live Apprenticeship vacancies across Greater Manchester in the sectors highlighted in the report, plus many more in other sectors.  We are seeing a growing number of young people with good qualifications who could go to university, choosing a vocational option and reaping the rewards, without building up debts which will take them years to clear.”

After achieving good A level grades at college, Chloe Crompton from Warrington considered going to university, but also wanted to explore a vocational route into the career of her choice.   At a careers fair, Chloe heard about an Apprenticeship in Social Media and Digital Marketing and successfully applied.   Chloe has just completed her Apprenticeship.

Chloe said:  “The best thing about my Apprenticeship was that it was so creative, one minute we could be learning about SEO and Social Media Management tools then the next minute creating a website and blogging.  I am really happy that I chose the Apprenticeship route because I have now found an exciting career that I enjoy.  Now that I’ve completed my Apprenticeship, I’ve started a part time foundation degree in Business Management, so choosing an Apprenticeship doesn’t stop you from progressing to higher education.   I am still achieving a degree but with less debt and I will have 4/5 years work experience in a career that I want to progress further with.”

After gaining four A level passes, Jack Hampson from Denton thought about going to university, but decided that he wanted to get qualified in the workplace and earn while he was learning.   Jack decided to look for Apprenticeship opportunities in HR on the Apprenticeships.org website and applied for one at New Charter Group.  He was delighted when he learned that he’d been successful after a rigorous selection process.

Jack started as a Level 5 Human Resources Apprentice at New Charter in September 2014.  Jack said:  “I attend the Skills Company for my training and it’s really good.  It’s very interactive, and the content relates very well to what I do at work.  I love the diversity of my job, it’s never boring and sometimes very challenging.   As well as the Apprenticeship, I’m also on a Chartered Institute of Housing course, and when I finish the Apprenticeship, I’d like to go on to get the Level 7 qualification in Human Resource Management.   When I was at school, nobody ever told us that there were Apprenticeships in things like Human Resource Management, and I would definitely recommend this route to someone who didn’t want to go to university.”