26 June 2012
Employers welcome new higher level apprenticeships
A government announcement of a £25 million fund to support 4,230 new higher apprenticeships in sectors including aviation, low-carbon engineering and space engineering, has been welcomed by employer organisations.
At the CBI, director for employment and skills Neil Carberry said that building a higher-level skills base had to be an essential part of a successful plan for long term growth. He added: "Future skills shortages in key sectors could hold back our economic performance, so boosting higher level apprenticeships now is the right thing to do. Sectors like high-technology and science-based advanced manufacturing and IT are a good place to start.
"Young people need to know that higher apprenticeships are a great route to a successful career, as they can build higher level skills while learning on-the-job with an employer."
Tim Thomas, head of employment affairs and the manufacturers' organisation EEF, believed employers, increasingly aware of the benefits of offering apprenticeships to fill the skills gaps in their workforce, welcomed government efforts to increase the number of opportunities available.
"Employers view vocational and academic qualifications and skills as complimentary to one another, and higher apprenticeships are becoming a hybrid of both," he continued. "As such they provide a viable solution to employers' increasing desire for practical and academic skills
"However, we must ensure that young people are receiving the right careers advice that demonstrates apprenticeships can lead to highly successful careers in manufacturing."
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