Over 20% of school and college students are considering “alternative” routes into their careers, according to our latest annual research report, ‘The School & College Leaver Careers Market 2014’, and the number of young people starting apprenticeships has increased significantly since 2008/9. With this in mind, three organisations have teamed up to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to employers, to ensure there are enough opportunities out there.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) will deliver a series of events kicking off in March, to show businesses across England the benefits of employing apprentices and how to do it.
The events will draw on the experiences of local businesses and their apprentices.
David Riches, executive director at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Apprenticeships provide a vital pathway for people to develop the skills and experience they need to gain meaningful employment and contribute to the wider economy.”
Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Through our apprenticeship reforms, we are putting employers in the driving seat, making apprenticeships more relevant to their needs, improving quality and ensuring they deliver the skills that people and the economy need.
“I would encourage all businesses to consider how employing an apprentice can help them grow. There really has never been a better time to employ an apprentice.”
Earlier this week, Ed Milliband made an “apprenticeship guarantee” part of Labour’s pledge in the run-up to May’s general election.
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