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.
Deciding between University and work can be challenging. However, an option that is becoming increasingly popular is to undertake an apprenticeship in a specific field.
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!
Business leaders called on the government to rethink the apprenticeship levy in its current form, after new figures showed a steep drop in apprenticeship starts since the levy was introduced.
I’ve always said that anything that gets more young British workers into skilled professions, especially apprenticeships, is a good thing, but I can’t in good conscience support the Government’s new Immigration levy.
Unite, the UK’s largest union, is warning the introduction of the new apprenticeship levy could be taken off course and lead to a sharp rise in sub-standard apprenticeships.
Theresa May has pledged to support vocational training but many companies are unaware of flagship jobs scheme – those that are think it’s an extra tax.
A recent survey has found that 76 per cent of employers are willing to make an offer of a full-time position to apprentices, following the completion of their apprenticeship.
Recent research suggests that 92% of employers are willing to pay more than the typical apprenticeship wage, provided they’re matched with the right candidate.