It has been estimated that by 2022 there will be 2.5m job openings for engineers in the UK, but there are truly big business benefits of apprentices to help turn that prediction around for the better.
It's National Apprenticeship Week, so here are five ways British businesses can get future-proofing apprenticeships.
As National Apprenticeship Week kicks off across Britain to champion the career pathway, Real Business has revealed the UK leaders whose journeys to enterprise greatness started off with apprenticeships.
The government has published a long-awaited draft on the Apprenticeship Levy, confirming plans to install a 0.5 per cent tax on companies with a wage bill of more than £3m to fund apprenticeships. But what does it mean for your business?
A new educational record was set in 2015 as 532,000 young people were accepted into British universities and colleges, according to UCAS, a 3.1 per cent increase on 2014.
George Osborne revealed during the Autumn Statement 2015 that he will enforce an apprenticeship levy by April 2017 as part of the Spending Review in order to create three million apprenticeships – all of which will be “high quality” as overseen by a body led by business secretary Sajid Javid.
Setting up and running a small business is tough enough, but for those with a disability it comes with extra challenges – as Real Business found out.
October is one of those times of the year that traditionally gives rise to yet more changes in employment law.
A new programme from Barclays called Bolder Apprentices will allow people aged between 24 and 65 start a new career or return to work in a number of divisions throughout the company by learning the ropes as a trainee.
In the final piece from our five-part employment law series, Bircham Dyson Bell's Ian Wasserman examines the detail behind the government's minimum wage boost and explains what it means for businesses throughout the UK.
Having seen what has worked well during the last year and period of current government control, I know exactly what I'd like to see during 2015.
If you weren't able to tune into George Osborne's speech, and don't have time to read news story after news story, here are the headline announcements.