Top businesses and employers have celebrated the value of apprentices by attending a special reception at Downing Street on 18th January, hosted by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Business Secretary, Sajid Javid. The event was organised to bring together businesses across all sectors in the UK who recognise how apprenticeships can not only benefit a business but also provide young people with life-changing opportunities that haven’t previously existed at this current level.
Last year the Government pledged to achieve three million apprenticeships by 2020 and to support this the Prime Minister announced the launch of a new Apprenticeship Delivery Board, which will be chaired by the Prime Minister’s apprenticeship adviser Nadhim Zahawi MP and apprenticeship champion David Meller. The board members will provide guidance to ministers on the appropriate ways to expand the apprenticeship programme, such as campaigning to promote the benefits of hiring apprentices, encouraging more employers to recruit them to giving young people the necessary skills they need for their future careers.
The board will also be identifying and reviewing the potential barriers and concerns that employers may have with hiring apprentices. Creating apprenticeship opportunities is impossible without employers providing vacancies and so employer buy-in is crucial to the success of the government pledge and addressing those concerns is an important step.
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