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Apprenticeships the 'natural way' for business to find and develop talent

Getting the 'best fit' between the skill requirements of the UK economy and those that we are developing in our young people is not just about employers, Government and education institutions working together with this aim - though of course it helps.

What's needed is a concerted push to make 'earning and learning' the 'norm', with apprenticeships becoming an 'everyday career pathway' for young people, and a 'natural way' for businesses to find, recruit and develop talent.

This is according to a report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), which found that 15 per cent of employers now offer apprenticeships, a 2 per cent rise since 2012, with the north of England showing the highest figures.

National Apprenticeship Week

The aim of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) from 9 to 13 March 2015 will be to increase take-up of apprenticeships even more, while celebrating the positive impact that they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

Official figures show that there are 1,500 different apprenticeships on offer in more than 170 industries, and that participating businesses report an average increase in productivity of £214 a week when they hire apprentices.

Last year NAW generated 20,000 employer pledges to recruit apprentices, and a leap of 18 per cent in the number of apprenticeship jobs advertised on the online vacancies service (easily outstripping the 10 per cent target).

It's hoped the coverage of this year's NAW will be even bigger than last year's 62,000 tweets, 1,100 events and 2,000 pieces of media reporting, 99 per cent of which was favourable.

'We want National Apprenticeship Week 2015 to be even more successful than in 2014 in delivering employer commitments, gathering support and celebrating the programme,' the Government announced.

Acas publications and services

Acas has published pdf icon Managing Future Talent - A guide for employers [1Mb], which aims to share good practice about how to create a workplace in which young employees can thrive.

The pdf icon Recruiting staff guide [360kb] has all you need to know about recruitment, selection and implementation of induction programmes.

Acas experts can visit your organisation and review your existing recruitment and induction procedures. See Recruitment and Retention: how Acas can help for more details.

Acas also offers practical training on Recruitment, based on its own guidance, taking you through the legal and best practice elements of fair and effective recruitment.

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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