3.4 Apprentices in upper secondary training

An apprentice is someone who has taken up an apprenticeship contract with an enterprise, aiming to obtain a trade or journeyman’s certificate. There were 39,000 registered apprentices as of 1 October 2015. That is 600 more than in 2014. 71 per cent of apprentices are male.

In addition to the apprentices, there were 2,000 training candidates and more than 1,000 pupils receiving in-school vocational training.

Increasing the number of apprenticeship contracts has been a goal for a number of years. 19,800 apprenticeship contracts were taken up in 2015 – an increase of 8 per cent since 2011.

7 out of 10 applicants get an apprenticeship contract

28,000 pupils applied for apprenticeship places in 2015. This is 1,100 more than in 2014. The number of applicants has increased in recent years and is now around 14 per cent higher than four years ago.

Most new apprenticeship contracts in healthcare, childhood and youth development

6 out of 9 study programmes have seen an increase in the number of new apprenticeship contracts since 2011, while numbers have dropped for the other programmes, see Table 3.3. The Healthcare, Childhood and Youth Development programme saw the largest increase with almost 1,000 more contracts. Meanwhile, there were 250 fewer new apprentices on the Design, Arts and Crafts programme.

Training candidates

The training candidature scheme targets pupils that for various reasons struggles to achieve the requirements in the trade or journeyman’s certificate. The training candidate signs a training contract with an enterprise, which will lead to a competence exam. This is a less comprehensive exam than the apprenticeship and journeyman’s examinations. There were 2,000 registered training candidates in autumn 2015. The training candidature scheme is particularly commonplace on the programmes for Services and Transport; Building and Construction; and Healthcare, Childhood and Youth Development.

Table 3.3 New apprenticeship contracts by study programme. Changes from 2011 to 2015. Numbers.

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Building and Construction 3 746 3 702 3 667 3 760 3 820
Design, Arts and Crafts 1 319 1 166 1 127 1 095 1 069
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2 997 3 230 3 165 3 132 3 125
Healthcare, Childhood and Youth Development 2 661 2 872 2 988 3 201 3 657
Media and Communication 111 111 70 80 92
Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry 436 417 433 500 532
Restaurant Management and Food Processing 1 213 1 135 1 123 1 114 1 145
Services and Transport 1 827 1 841 1 960 2 091 2 318
Technical and Industrial Production 3 973 4 049 4 146 4 280 4 071

Source: Directorate for Education and Training

Figure 3.4 Training candidates by study programme. 2014 and 2015. Numbers.

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Source: Directorate for Education and Training