Apprentice Programme hits Record Numbers


ApprenticeshipsRecognition for employers and staff after record numbers of Apprenticeships this year.

For the third year running record numbers of people in England began an Apprenticeship, it has been revealed today.

Almost a quarter of people in England, 234,000 to be precise, started their multi-year training in 2009, up by more than a third since 2007.

Whether it’s farming, retail, engineering or trades, these new workers have helped contribute millions of pounds to the UK economy.

Employers, too, are greatly benefiting from the labour. Research shows that employers who hire apprentices can recoup their investment in as little as 18 months, depending on the industry sector. And there is an average of £1 of public funding available for every £1.16 spent on an apprentice by his or her company.

Now the Government aims to honour and celebrate England’s apprentices, old and new, along with the businesses that employ them, at the seventh annual Apprenticeship Awards.

Employers and businesses of all sizes and across all sectors that employ apprentices can nominate themselves or their apprentices for an Apprenticeship award. The prizes will be judged across nine regions and winners will be taken through to a national award ceremony next year.

Kevin Brennan, Minister for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs, said:

“I’m delighted to support the annual Apprenticeship Awards and have seen first-hand the benefits that apprentices bring to businesses of all different sectors and sizes.

“Let’s reward apprentice employers and young people for their hard work and commitment and I’d encourage anyone who knows an apprentice or organisation that employs one to make a nomination.”

Simon Waugh, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service added:

“The Apprenticeship Awards recognise the achievements of individuals engaged in training and the organisations that invest in them.

“Apprentices provide a real boost to Britain’s economy, helping businesses secure a supply of people with the skills and qualities often not available on the external job market. They bring fresh ideas and innovation to organisations and help to increase staff retention.”

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