Top 10 Highest Paying Industries for Apprenticeships

With National Apprenticeship Week in full swing, almost 8,400 apprenticeship positions are currently up for grabs, according to new research by job search-engine Adzuna. But which sectors pay their trainee’s the most?

Legal apprenticeships offer the most dough

Apprentices in the Legal sector can expect the highest pay, with advertised wages in this area of £23,904. Engineering placements follow close behind, with an average salary of £22,512 on offer for apprenticeship schemes. Teaching placements (£20,814), Consultancy positions (£18,864), and Maintenance openings (£18,461) round-off the top 5 most lucrative apprenticeship opportunities.

However, these well-paid positions are not necessarily the most readily available. The sectors currently offering most apprenticeship positions are IT (1,085), Hospitality & Catering (1,046), and Teaching (740) while there are only 9 Legal opportunities currently available.

For those hoping to study and train in tandem, there are currently 1,096 Graduate Apprenticeships on offer, whereby time at work, alongside study, counts as credits towards a university qualification.

There are currently four different courses on offer through this scheme, IT: software development, IT: management for business, Civil engineering, and Engineering: design and manufacture, with further courses currently in development.

Opportunities around the UK far from equal

For those looking now, location will determine how many opportunities are available, with many of the vacancies currently available clustered in London and the South East. Jobseekers seeking a training-scheme have 2,484 openings to choose from in the Greater London region, and 1,088 in the South East.

However, there are far fewer apprenticeship vacancies available in other areas of the UK, including just 90 on offer in Wales and only 289 in the North East, potentially hindering some apprenticeship applicants.

Outside of the capital, the cities home to the most advertised apprenticeship vacancies are Manchester (198), Birmingham (166), Leeds (127), Bristol (117) and Reading (110), all worth considering for potential applicants.

Table 2: Best Paid Apprenticeship Sectors

Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, comments:
“With university tuition fees at an all-time high, more young people are looking at alternative ways to up-skill after school, without the hefty price tag. Apprenticeships offer a cost-effective way of training on the job as well as developing new talent in skills shortage areas. This makes them a win-win solution for both employers and jobseekers.”

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Gladys is the Associate Director of Admissions & Student Services with over 10 years of experience at the International Career Institute.