There was lots of news and buzz this morning as BiS announced that the 2 millionth apprenticeship had started since the last general election.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has revealed that 16-year-old Paige McConville became the 2 millionth apprentice when she started an advanced apprenticeship at high-tech engineering firm FMB Oxford in August.
Many congratulations should go to Paige for securing what, I would assume, would be a very sought after position.
It would be fair to say though that, as a young, female apprentice in a STEM industry attempting to redress a gender imbalance, she does make the lives of the press release team at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills extremely, shall we say, easy.
It’s worth pointing out that, in 13/14, Under 19 Advanced Level Apprenticeship starts were 34,800 out of a total of Under 19 starts of 117,800.
Which makes Paige as an Under 19 start one of the (just over) 27% of total starts and, as an Under 19 Advanced Level starter, one of (just over) 8% of total starts. Kick back BiS PR team, your work here is done.