We’re bombarded by awareness-raising weeks all the time. Some highlight important issues, some are just plain silly. For every “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month”, there’s an “International Day of the Nacho”.But it’s important to wade through the noise of the stupid events to hear the message of those that can make a significant difference to our lives. In a business sense, this is one of those times as we have the opportunity to make a difference with National Apprenticeship Week. Throughout this week the government and proactive businesses will be flying the flag for the benefits of apprenticeships. Benefits for young people, benefits for employers and benefits for the economy. Those firms yet to join the growing army of apprentice-employing businesses, or could do more with the number they already support, should listen very closely to what’s said about apprenticeships this week, it might just secure the future of their enterprise.
Taking stockOur education system is still a country mile behind where it should be when it comes to creating a skilled and motivated future workforce. The curriculum is still too heavily weighted away from practical skills. And I don’t just mean “tools in hand” skills, which for a business like mine is priority, but practical skills that better prepare young people for the world of work. Therefore, apprenticeships are the best chance we have to ensure we don’t face the kind of skills shortages that would put all of our businesses under threat. From plumbers to builders, smart phone app developers to architects, there isn’t a sector that can’t benefit from apprenticeships. With its commitment to creating five million apprenticeships over the next five years, the government understands the benefits they offer to the economy. They have a positive impact on youth unemployment and create valuable contributors to society and the economy, but just as important, they arm young people with skills that help drive the UK’s economic engine. Read more from Charlie Mullins:
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