Support for small businesses in taking on apprenticeships

Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 10:50
Posted by Scott Buckler

Following today's publication of the Holt Review, government will bring in new measures to aid businesses in recruiting apprentices

Jeweller and social entrepreneur Jason Holt was commissioned in February this year to review ways to make apprenticeships simpler and more accessible for small and medium businesses.

His research pointed to a lack of awareness about the benefits of taking apprentices on, and how to recruit and train them.

On publication of his report, Mr Holt said:

"Whilst apprenticeships offer undoubted growth opportunities for businesses, not enough SMEs are taking advantage.

"This is because they have an outdated view of apprenticeships, are often in the dark, and frequently do not receive the specific training provision their apprentices need.

"My recommendations are intended to address these issues with Government, employers and providers all playing a part."

Skills Minister John Hayes today welcomes the findings, and outlines new measures to improve apprenticeships for SMEs. These include:

  • Improving communication about schemes through groups who advise small and medium employers, including lawyers and accountants.
  • Better information for businesses on getting the right type of training for their apprentices.
  • New standards for training providers in order to improve their performance.
  • Improving the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers, making it simpler and more accessible.

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