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Apprenticeships are integral to closing UK skills gap

Published: Friday, 18 March 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Britain’s workers believe that apprenticeships are integral to closing the UK’s skills gap, according to research by CV-Library.

The survey highlights a need for the UK to tap into the skills benefits of apprenticeships which can, if utilised to their maximum, shape a career.

Almost 82% of UK workers believe that apprenticeships hold the key to closing the skill gap, and an even higher amount (86.6%) said the government is not doing enough financially to sustain such schemes.

The government had made promises to restore the labour by prioritising getting young people in apprenticeships, however, only 14.5% of apprentices insist information provided by the government contributed to their awareness of the schemes.

Value of apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are extremely important to employers and UK workers, the skills acquired during schemes are vital when helping to tackle skill shortages in key sectors, such as engineering or technology.

A lack of awareness initiates by the government is thought to be behind a large number (42.2%) already in apprenticeship schemes around the UK being their because of their own research.

Experts insist that apprentices are unable to help plug the skills gap until young people are made aware and educated on the value that the schemes can have and more is done to raise support and increase awareness.

Research from the Association of Accounting Technicians reports that apprentices delivered around £1.8 billion of net economic benefits to UK organisations in the 2012/13 year.

Government funding

The government has aimed to boost the quantity and quality of apprenticeships within the UK – a promise was made to add 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020.

Employers have been given quality training and those that are committed to training have been able to get back more than they have put in by training sufficient numbers of apprentices.

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