Employers turning to apprentices to address hard to fill vacancies

In good news for those thinking about an apprenticeship after leaving education, a survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has revealed more and more apprentices are being hired by UK businesses, as firms look to improve the nation’s skills gap.

In particular, firms are hiring apprentices and training existing staff to address some of their hardest to fill vacancies, with nearly a quarter (23%) proving hard to fill according to those employers that report such difficulties.

According to the survey, the most common responses to addressing these hard-to-fill vacancies are upskilling existing staff (50%) and hiring more apprentices (33%), more so than UK graduates (26%). This is consistent with official figures, which show that the proportion of students that find employment within three months of leaving education has risen to its highest level since before the recession.

The report into the survey’s findings suggest that the tightening labour market is undoubtedly a key driver for this approach, along with a recognition among employers that they need to develop talent to limit the potential for future labour shortages.

The results were from the quarterly CIPD Labour Market Outlook (LMO), which provides a set of forward-looking labour market indicators, highlighting employers’ recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions.

A total of 971 employers were surveyed from the CIPD membership base.

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