Indeed, The Apprenticeship Journey found that 81 per cent of small business owners are 'not very confident' or 'not at all confident' that 16-year-olds have the right level of employability skills.
The research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) also found that apprenticeships, despite being backed by both industry and government, have an image problem with young people, reports HR Magazine
According to the report, "the government has failed to articulate a clear definition of what constitutes an apprenticeship".
It argues for too long employers have not been consulted as they are "left on the sidelines" because they are not in charge of the funding that is given to the scheme.
The FSB states that to rectify this ministers should work alongside businesses to produce a standard definition of an apprenticeship.
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