Secretarial Jobs Board

10m extra for apprentice schemes

02/12/2008

The government has announced it is to provide £10 million extra for employers already running apprenticeship schemes.

The money will be provided to develop and test ways apprentices could be better recruited

"Given the current economic slowdown it is important that companies continue training their staff to maintain productivity and a competitive edge," noted national director of apprenticeships, David Way.

He said that employing apprentices helped businesses position themselves to be ready for a recovery.

"The new funding will make it easier for businesses to do this and provide the opportunity for industry sectors to successfully fill their existing skills gaps," he went on.

The government hopes to help create 400,000 apprenticeships by 2020, with the Learning and Skills Council providing additional support and wages.

Skills secretary John Denham said recently that investing in training is essential to any business.

"Research shows that companies that don't train are 2.5 times more likely to fail than those who do," he noted.

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