Jeweller and social entrepreneur Jason Holt has published a report which details that a lack of awareness by SMEs has proved a barrier of such businesses taking on apprentices or using them effectively within a workplace.
By analysing the report, the government has now announced a number of innovative measures to make this career path more enticing.
For one, the Coalition will now work more closely with people such as lawyers and accountants, which SMEs often look to for advice when promoting apprenticeships.
Owners of SMEs will also have increased means in which to give apprentices the training they need to excel, while the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers will be made simpler and more accessible to more employers.
Business secretary Vince Cable pointed out: "Only a small minority of SMEs currently employ apprentices. Many of the rest are missing out on an effective way of growing and up-skilling their businesses."
The new measures were announced soon after the National Apprenticeship Service revealed that apprenticeship applications are up 53 per cent when compared to last year's figures.
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Posted by Wayne Bly
Source: Salespeak News