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Apprenticeships: Why Should Small Businesses Consider Taking Them On?

Apprenticeships: Why Should Small Businesses Consider Taking Them On?

Amidst the ongoing Brexit discussions and a recent general election campaign, small business owners would be forgiven if they hadn’t noticed that a revolution of sorts has been taking place in the world of apprenticeships. Schemes enabling individuals to gain a route into the workplace through apprenticeships have been a part of the employment landscape for several decades. But during 2017, two significant changes are taking place aimed at making apprenticeships better quality and more valuable for the employee; as well as a more attractive proposition for the end employer. At the end of May, all UK businesses with paid a bill of more than £3m – having made their first payment towards the new apprenticeship levy. While these outgoings won’t affect the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses, the... »

UK Skills Gap Continues to Cause Small Business Headaches

UK Skills Gap Continues to Cause Small Business Headaches

The UK’s skills gap continues to cause small businesses problems with 31% admitting that at least one of their current employee doesn’t have the skills their business needs, the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer (CBBB) has found. Looking to future growth55% of the businesses surveyed have predicted that they won’t be able to find suitable employees because of a skills shortage in their industry (43%) or region (12%). Despite this concern, of the small firms looking to take on staff in 206, only 5% plan to take on an apprentice. Furthermore, 75% of small businesses were found to not have an apprentice programme in place and over half (52%) don’t plan on launching one. According to the CBBB, which interviewed900 small and medium-sized business owners, the top reason for no... »