If the UK is to overcome its skills problem, the Government has to do something about the ‘square peg, round hole’ solution it is persisting with.
The Autumn Budget is looming and I can tell you, there’s one thing for sure that I hope to see included, and that’s a boost for apprenticeships!
In between political crises I’ve noticed from time to time that many people in business seem to have some very unhelpful and inconsistent views when it comes to the Apprenticeship Levy, currently due to be introduced early next year.
The move by the German Government to attract UK young people onto attractive apprenticeship packages is a stark warning to British business.
Employment levels maybe stabilising, but youth unemployment remains high and is one of the biggest threat to the UK economy’s future. We have to give them the skills for the future because if we don’t charge our economic batteries by training young people now they’ll go flat. Without skilled people powering our economy, we won’t have the energy to drive the country forward.