Last year EMTEC, a UK provider of training services to the automotive sector and part of the Carter and Carter Group, received 6,895 applications for manufacturer-specific apprenticeships between January 1 and April 29.
This year they have received a record number 10,664 and they have already secured 1,611 places for apprentices so far this year.
Steve Fryer, national recruitment manager for EMTEC Recruitment Services, says: “The industry has suffered a skills shortage in the last few years, and the apprenticeship programmes are a great way for the industry to start to address this concern.
"With manufacturers now training their own apprentices on dedicated brand specific programmes, it is a great opportunity for young people to work towards a national qualification whilst working in a full time career within the industry. The range of opportunities is growing each year and we now recruit for a whole range of different roles from service advisor to technician.”