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LSC highlights the benefits apprentices can bring to a business

Employers are being urged to recognise the benefits apprenticeships can bring to their businesses and how such an investment can make a positive difference for years to come.

As young people review their options after receiving their exam results, the Learning and Skills Council urges employers to recognise the benefits Apprenticeships can have on their businesses, and the solution they present to addressing skills shortages – both now and in the future.

It comes at a time when training providers back the findings of a recent Lords Economic Committee report that not enough is being done to make school leavers aware of apprenticeships as a viable alternative to A-levels and higher education.

The LSC says that employers who employ apprentices gain a highly motivated and loyal workforce that helps boost productivity and makes a positive difference to their business from day one, and individuals improve their skills and career prospects whilst continuing to learn and earn a wage.

Stephen Gardner, Director of Apprenticeships at the Learning and Skills Council says: “Skills shortages remain a big issue within the UK, and individuals need to be attracted to industry if we are to remain competitive in the global economy. By training apprentices, employers can plan for future skills requirements ensuring that the skills critical to their companies success are not lost.

“There’s never a better time to think about what Apprenticeships could do for your business than at this time of year when individuals across the nation review their options in light of their exam results, a valuable pool of talent potentially within your reach. Apprenticeships enable businesses to have the right people, with the right skills, at the right time.”

Individuals can follow apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships in over 200 different careers. There are currently some 250,000 apprentices in England alone but the Government has set a target of 500,000 apprenticeships by 2020.

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