Encouraging Businesses to Take On Apprentices

03 March 2017



NAWSMALLENSURING BUSINESSES have a workforce with the skills they need is crucial for our economy, and encouraging them to take on apprentices is one vital part of this.

In the past, young people have looked to universities for their more advanced training needs, but with the emergence of higher and degree level apprenticeships, we would like to see them aspire to apprenticeships similarly.

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, we have published our Apprenticeship Strategy (below) setting out how we are encouraging businesses to take up apprenticeships, and our How’s Business Growth Hub has published an eBook on the subject.

The eBook is for business to find out how to take on new apprentices, what to do to turn existing staff into apprentices and the support and funding that is available for apprenticeship schemes.

Apprenticeships offer businesses an excellent opportunity to increase business productivity by investing in workforce skills.

This is particularly important for our area as whilst we don’t have the unemployment levels of some of the major cities, our productivity and wage levels lag behind the national average.

As a result of this and since our first Strategic Economic Plan was created in 2014, we have refined our job creation target to focus on creating better quality jobs and increasing the productivity of our businesses.

You can download a pdf. copy of our Apprenticeship Strategy here