Skills Minister promotes Apprenticeships for small businesses

Speaking during National Apprenticeship Week, Skills Minister Matt Hancock was keen to promote the benefits of Apprenticeship programmes to small businesses.

During a period when the government is undertaking a thorough review of Apprenticeships and working with employers on Trailblazer projects to ensure they meet demand, the Minister, who attended the Apprenticeships 4 England Conference said that making sure the reforms work for small businesses was absolutely vital. He added:

“Funding must be directly accessible for these businesses and it is the training providers that make the funding and administration process easier for small companies to navigate.”

Lifetime Training CEO, Alex Khan, said:

“Apprenticeships are an excellent option for businesses of all sizes. We partner both large and small employers nationwide including Fitness First, Hilton Worldwide and Bupa as well as a wide-range of independent businesses such as pubs and nurseries.”

Research shows that out of 600 British businesses surveyed, one in five SMEs (20%) plan to take on one or more apprentices in the next 12 months. Additionally, 29% of the SMEs that plan to take on apprentices say this is because they are a core part of their growth strategy.

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