Adecco : one in four
organisations have never considered employing
Many organisations in the UK have never considered
apprentices, despite evidence that they are highly valued,
according to a report by The Adecco Group UK and
The report, Closing the Skills Gap: Will Apprenticeships
Deliver the Workforce of Tomorrow?, shows that 25% of organisations
have never hired apprentices. Furthermore, 27% of respondents state
that a popular reason for not employing apprentices is that they
feel an apprenticeship qualification is not well suited to their
business need. This is followed by the idea that
apprenticeships require too much time from the management team
(18%), and the worry that they are too much of a long-term
commitment in the current market (11%).
Meanwhile, the report states that employers do seem to
understand some of the benefits of apprentices versus graduates,
with apprentices believed to integrate better into company culture
(according to 47% of respondents) and respondents thinking
apprentices have a longer duration of employment (44%).
The report also shows that it's not just skills shortages
amongst Britain's youth that apprenticeships could target. It found
that more than 40% of the over 50s lack digital skills. Adecco
states that this could be effectively introduced during advanced
"The Apprenticeship Levy opens up new opportunities for
workplaces to bring older workers' digital skills up to speed. It's
time we stop thinking about apprenticeships as 'less-than' degrees
and recognise the very real value they fulfil in the workforce,"
The UK's apprenticeship Levy came into effect last month
with the Government stating that the levy will fund 3 million new
apprenticeships by 2020 with companies spending ￡3 billion a year
to contribute to the funding.