Every vote is for apprenticeships!
It was clear in the weeks and months leading up to the election that ‘apprenticeships’ was a hot topic. Now we know that the Conservative party will be leading the country for the next 5 years, we can see even more clearly where this is likely to head.
The Conservative pledge was to:
- Deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, funded by reductions to welfare and housing benefit
- Continue to replace lower-level, classroom based further education courses with apprenticeships
- Expand degree-level apprenticeships
Already thousands of employers, across the country, have given young people a great start to their careers, and seeing the benefits of investing in their apprentices in terms of growing their businesses. The Government is keen for this to continue and grow in order to give employers in the UK a competitive edge throughout the world. The statistics are telling:
- 65% of employers say there was improved productivity in their business as a result of employing apprentices (BIS Research Paper 204 Apprenticeship Evaluation: Employers, Dec 2014)
- 9 out of 10 apprenticeship employers hoping to achieve business benefits have said that apprenticeships deliver.
The Government’s main focus is to support employers to take on apprentices by putting them in the driving seat. Employers are setting the new standards for apprenticeships in terms of content and structure, and are also being supported financially through grants and free training.
From the first eight Trailblazer employer groups in 2013, there are now Trailblazers over 100 sectors. These groups ensure that employers can genuinely ‘hold the pen’ to set out the skills, knowledge and behaviours that they expect in their future workforce. This means that employers are ensuring that their apprentices have exactly the skills needed to help their businesses flourish.
Whatever your field of business, size of organisation or location, an apprentice in the workplace could help your business to grow in the way you want.
For more information about how apprenticeships could support your business talk to Regent College in the heart of Leicester. We work successfully with local business, large and small to provide first class training and support. Contact us on 0116 2554629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.