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Figures released by the department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis) show that more people are doing apprenticeships than ever before.

Figures recorded for 2014/2015 show that more than 872,000 people enrolled on a government-funded apprenticeship programme over the annual period. The new count represents a healthy increase on last year’s figure of 851,000.

Only 500,000 people were on an apprenticeship scheme five years ago.

The news was welcomed by ministers following a number of schemes to boost apprenticeship numbers, including taxing large firms.

Nick Boles, minister of state for skills, said: “Our apprenticeship reforms are helping to build the modern highly skilled workforce British businesses need.

“Through protecting apprenticeship quality, reforming funding and working with top universities to launch new degree apprenticeships, we are making sure apprenticeships deliver for individuals, businesses and the economy.”

The minimum wage for apprentices was raised earlier this year from £2.73 to £3.30, the biggest ever single wage hike for apprentices.

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