Apprenticeship Week Launches While Signups Fall

blog-publish-date

07 Mar 2018

blog-read-duration

As the country celebrates the 11th annual National Apprenticeship Week, almost half of company managers fear the Government will miss its target to create 3 million apprentices.

National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the very best of what earning and learning means, with this year’s theme being: ‘Apprenticeships work’. The week showcases the ways apprenticeships produce huge benefits for individuals, businesses, communities and the wider economy. However, a recent survey by the Chartered Management Institute has found that out of 1,640 managers polled, 51% expressed concern that the country will need greater investment in skills after Brexit. The same survey concluded that this group think the Government is likely to miss its target of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, which has been further confirmed after recent figures show a slump in new sign ups. This slow-down may largely be due to perceived delays in standards for apprenticeship schemes, with the CMI claiming 900 new apprentices have been waiting to start an apprenticeship in management since being approved last August. Businesses have also called on the Government to give them the freedom to spend the levy on small businesses in their supply chain.

What is National Apprenticeship Week About?

Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeships Service, has asked apprentices and employers to join together and “help celebrate the brilliance of apprenticeships”. Apprenticeships offer real career opportunities and National Apprenticeship Week 2018 will showcase how apprenticeships work across all industries, sectors and job roles, from school leaving age to older apprentices. There’s no better way to mark apprenticeship achievement than by the apprenticeship community coming together and shouting loudly about the difference apprenticeships are making. National Apprenticeship Week will be marked by events around the country, such as Graduation ceremonies, which will be held throughout the week to praise apprentices who have completed their training in the past 12 months. The first National Apprenticeship Week was held in 2007 in an effort to draw more attention to the benefits of apprenticeship training around the country. For advice and support on the apprenticeship levy contact Croner’s experts on 0808 145 3377

Free to Download Employer Resources

  • Holiday Request Refusal Letter

    FREE DOWNLOAD

    Holiday Request Refusal Letter

    Read more
  • Letter Informing Employee they are to be Dismissed for Gross Misconduct

    FREE DOWNLOAD

    Letter Informing Employee they are to...

    Read more
  • Letter Informing Employee they are to be Laid Off

    FREE DOWNLOAD

    Letter Informing Employee they are to...

    Read more
  • Reasonable Adjustments: An Employer’s Guide

    BLOG

    Reasonable Adjustments: An Employer’s...

    The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as any ‘long-term’ or ‘substantial’ phy...

    Read more
  •  Statutory Notice Period: Employer's Guide

    BLOG

    Statutory Notice Period: Employer's ...

    Every business has a standard which they expect their employees to meet. If they...

    Read more
  • Cigarette Breaks: Should You Provide Them?

    BLOG

    Cigarette Breaks: Should You Provide ...

    Employees are not automatically entitled to take additional breaks to smoke duri...

    Read more
  • Syalons

    CASE STUDY

    Syalons

    International Syalons is a manufacturer of advanced ceramics, working for variou...

    Read more
  • Pangea Support

    CASE STUDY

    Pangea Support

    We see Croner being integral to our organisation moving forward, and we’d defini

    Read more
  • JC Couriers

    CASE STUDY

    JC Couriers

    With Croner it genuinely feels like they want me to be a success. And I'm happy

    Read more

Ready to focus on what you do best?

Get your free consultation and speak to an expert today.