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Apprenticeships viewed as 'vital' to growth, research finds

Business leaders view apprenticeships as vital for the growth of their organisations, and employee skills as crucial for taking their companies where they want them to go, according to official research.

Eight of ten managers said that they believed apprentices were vital to their organisation's expansion plans, and managers who hired apprentices were five times more likely to think their company would expand rapidly than those that didn't.

Getting the right staff with the right skills was found to be ten times more important to businesses for expansion than access to finance.

Three in five managers also said that hiring the right staff, or having employees with the right skills was the most important thing in realising the company's ambitions.

National Apprenticeship Week

The new research, undertaken by Morar, was released by the Government to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, celebrating the positive impact that apprenticeships can have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

The Government said that apprenticeships were at the heart of its drive to equip people with the skills that employers need to grow and compete in today's global marketplace.

Acas publications and services

Acas has published an pdf icon Employing younger workers [378kb] guide, which aims to help employers manage and support apprentices and younger workers.

The pdf icon Recruiting staff guide [326kb] 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 and induction, 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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