Apprenticeships Gets Big Thumbs-Up From Employers, Young People

GCSE students have recently received their results and Stephen Smyth, spokesman for theATG_occupations_220813 #Apprenticeship training organisation ATG Training saw the results of a survey published last week by ICM who set out the findings of a survey of young people in England, revealing that 54% of them would opt for an apprenticeship if the opportunity presented itself.

Now the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has released the results of its surveys of employers and apprentices, providing further evidence of the growing popularity of apprenticeships and their value to all parties involved.

Apprenticeships come highly recommended by both companies and trainees. Among the 4,000 employers participating in the business survey, 81% said they would recommend apprenticeships to other employers. The BIS asked the same question to 5,010 apprentices and 72% of them said they would encourage their friends to follow their example.

The employer survey also established that apprenticeships resulted in higher product or service quality for 72% of companies. According to 68% of the sample they enhanced productivity, while 55% listed as a benefit improved ability to attract good workers.

Among apprentices, 83% said that the apprenticeship had improved their career prospects and the same proportion stated that it had enhanced their ability to do the job.

Commenting on the results, Business Secretary Vince Cable noted that the government had persisted in promoting apprenticeships despite the difficult economic climate. Over the past two years apprentice numbers have surged by more than 80%, which shows that apprenticeships have become a popular career route for young people. The findings of the BIS surveys once again demonstrate the benefits for both employers and young people. Apprenticeships are key to building the UK’s skills base, which is in turn vital for the prosperity and economic growth of the country, Cable added.

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UK Employers Remain Committed To Training Expenditure Despite Recession

Driven by their belief in the vital importance of training, UK employers have kept their training budgets more or less unchanged during the economic downturn, TrainingZone has reported, citing research conducted by Cardiff University and the Institute of Education at the University of London.

The research team analysed a body of survey data, establishing that training expenditure registered only a small decline in real terms between 2007 and 2009 and has held steady since then. In addition, interviews with managers from 52 enterprises showed that almost every one of them had maintained their commitment to sustaining training schemes. The findings of the study were published in the December issue of the Work, Employment and Society journal.

Among the data analysed were the results of the annual employer skills survey conducted by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. According to those results, the total amount spent on training purposes stood at £38.6 billion in 2007. Two years later, the figure was £39.2 billion. When inflation is factored in, this represents a slip of only 5%.

The research team also drew on information from the British Chambers of Commerce, more specifically its quarterly survey among 2,000 enterprises. According to the findings of that poll, the number of employers that stepped up their training expenditure from 2010 to mid-2011 exceeded that of employers reporting the opposite. Additionally, the CBI Industrial Trends survey provided an insight into expectations for the year ahead. Among the 5,000 companies participating in the survey, more were revealed as being positive about training investment than negative.

Stephen Smyth said:- ‘ATG Training have found that many of its clients have maintained their business through employing and developing Apprentices each year. The Government Grant which incentivises employers to recruit an Apprentice has also had a positive effect’

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