23,000 new UK apprenticeships from Microsoft, Halfords, RAF, British Airways and more

It builds on David Cameron backing BT’s promise of 700 new apprentice positions on 5 March, with 3,500 from Microsoft Partners, 2,000 from Greene King, 1,000 from the RAF and 500 from Halfords. Additionally, British Airways, Boots, Travis Perkins, Kwik-Fit, National Rail, Aldi and Santander are among the other hundreds of recruiters.

Real Business found at the House of Commons this week that SMEs are slow in their adoption of apprentices from Andrew Jones and Nick Boles, and the new 23,000 figure will also see young talent welcomed at small and medium firms including Derry Building Services, Berthon Boat Company and Paw-Fect Grooming.

Among numerous benefits of hiring apprentices – which British Chambers of Commerce president Nora Senior said includes the means to safeguard talents for the future – the Centre for Economics and Business Research said this week that 5m consumers prefer to do business with apprentice employers.

Vince Cable, business secretary, said: “The success of National Apprenticeship Week 2015 and these 23,000 pledges highlights just how popular apprenticeships have become.

“More and more young people, parents, teachers and employers are recognising the value of learning on the job. With apprenticeships in everything from rail engineering to TV production they really are now a fast track into a successful career”

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Nick Boles, skills minister, added: “Apprenticeships deliver for employers, young people, adults and the economy. The vacancies announced this week will provide life-changing opportunities for prospective apprentices across the country as well as helping businesses to unlock their potential. 

“The continued commitment by employers to offer traineeships will also enable thousands more young people to prepare for their future careers.”

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The full list of employers to pledge apprenticeships can be seen below. 

A-Plant

Absolute Audio Visual Solutions Ltd

Accor Hotels

Adopstar Ltd

Affinity Sutton

Aggregate Industries

Airbus Group

ALDI

All Fleet Services

Allwag Promotions

Alstrom

Amey

Ammodytes Co Ltd

Anchor

Angel Advance limited

Ann’s Cottage

Arup

Asquith Day Nurseries and Pre schools

Atkins

AVEVA Solutions Ltd

AXA Insurance

B&M Bargains

Babcock International

BAE Systems

Bakkavar

Balfour Beatty

Barclays

Barratt Developments PLC

Be Wiser Insurance Services Ltd

Bentley

Berthon Boat Company

Birds Eye

Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants

Blue Flame (Cornwall) Ltd

Boots

Boskerris Hotel

BPS World

Bradford Council

Branching Out

British Airways

British Gas

BT

Budock Vean Hotel

Bumblebee Digital Ltd

Capgemini UK PLC

CH2M HILL UK

Chocolate Hair & Beauty

Chuckles Nursery

City of Lincoln Council

Civil Service

Clarkson Evans

Coffee Ami

Coventry City Council

Dale Power Solutions

Derry Building Services

Doosan Babcock Limited

EE

Elder Studios Ltd

emh group

Epping Forest District Council

Eshores

Estuary Logistics

Faccenda Foods Ltd

Fire Security (Sprinkler Installations) Ltd

First4Skills

Fujitsu

GKN Aerospace, Bristol

Greene King

GSK

Guideposts Trust

H2 Energy Group Ltd

Halfords

Hanson UK

Harding Building Services Ltd

HepcoMotion

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

IBM

ICON TRAINING

J Breheny Contractors Ltd

JacTravel

Jobs, Friends & Houses CIC

John Lewis

John M. Lewis & Co.

Keepmoat

Keronite

Kier Group

KLM UK Engineering Limited

Klyne & Klyne

Kwik-Fit

Lafarge Tarmac

Lancashire County Council

Letchworth Visioncare Ltd

Lloyds Banking Group

London Borough of Hounslow

London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy

London Major Programmes Apprenticeship

Macmillan Cancer Support

Maine-Tucker Recruitment

Manes Control

Mars Chocolate

Marsh

Mears Group plc

Microsoft Partners

Milestones Trust

Mini (BMW)

Mouchel

Mouldtech Solutions Ltd

MyCSP

n:gaged limited

Nationwide

Network Rail

Nissan

Norbert

Dentressangle

Northamptonshire Carers

Northcote Vehicle Hire

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Onboard Pro

Optionis Group

Partnership of East London Cooperatives (PELC) Ltd

Paw-Fect Grooming

Philip Thompson Associates

Poulton St Chad’s Nursery

Premier City Lets

Premier Foods

Prudential

PS Plumbing & Heating

PSP Insurance and Financial Solutions Ltd

PwC

Redrow Homes

RNLI

Rotherham MBC

Rowlands Pharmacy

Royal Air Force

Sanctuary Personnel Limited

Santander

Selex ES

Siemens plc

Simply Hair

Skills Team Ltd

South Liverpool Homes

South Ribble Council

Spirit Pub Company

St Austell Brewery

St Levan School

Starbucks

Stockport Homes Ltd

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Stonegate Pub Company

Storm Plumbing and Electrical

Augustinian Care

Sussex Alfa Romeo,

Seaford Golf Course

Truebuild,

Hurstpierpoint College

Apex Decorators

24 St Georges

Pebble Plumbing

GMS Adaptations

Syngenta

Taylor Wimpey

TEC

Telefonica/O2

TFL

TGI Fridays

The Community Housing Group

The Core Fitness & Wellbeing Centre

The Lewis Partnership

The Truscott Arms

Thebigword

Tiggers Too

Travelbag

Travis Perkins

University of Manchester

Valley Estate

Vibrance

Virgin Care – Devon Integrated Childrens Services

Virgin Media

Visa Europe

Walsall Adult & Community College

Warwickshire County Council

Wedgewood

Westbury Street Holdings

Westcountry Home Care Limited

Whitestone Solicitors

William Davis

Wolseley

Worthing College

Yamazaki Mazak

Yorkshire Housing

Yorkshire Water

Zennar Ltd T/As Rockfish

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