Employers in the dark about apprenticeship schemes

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Skills Survey finds employers ignorant of National Apprenticesihp Service reform.

By News Desk
23rd February 2009 at 11:42

Apprenticehips welcomed by UK employersSchemes to extend the number of apprenticeships are broadly being welcomed by employers, but many are failing to take advantage of the simplified processes introduced.

These are the findings of the latest Skills Survey from the CIPD which also shows that 78% of firms favour government action to target an increase in apprenticeships with 76% saying employing apprentices makes good business sense.

Only 7% of employers said they knew about a matching service set up by the National Apprenticeship Service to make it easier for them to connect with the right apprentices.

The survey also looked at the reaction of businesses to the education diplomas for 14-19 year olds.

Two thirds believe that these new qualifications provide a useful route into the workplace for young people, but many were sceptical that they’d prove better than existing vocational qualifications.

Nevertheless the majority of employers (73%) were quite happy to accept young people on work experience as part of the new diplomas.

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  1. […] Earlier surveys have shown that many employers are in the dark about the government’s apprenticeship schemes and take up has been criticised. […]

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