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Government is to bring in additional support to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in
This follows the publication of a report by jeweller and social
entrepreneur, Jason Holt, who was commissioned by the Department
for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to review ways to
make apprenticeships simpler and more accessible for SMEs.
Mr Holt's research pointed to a lack of awareness about the
benefits of taking apprentices on as well as how to recruit and
train them. They are not given a high profile in schools and SMEs
are often put off apprenticeships by a lack of coherent and
consistent information. This is compounded by the fact that SMEs,
more than large businesses, depend on responsive training providers
and do not always receive good service.
His main recommendations are:
New measures to improve apprenticeships for SMEs that the
Government is to put in place include:
Read the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills news
story about apprenticeships (link opens in a new window)
For more information on
apprenticeships, see the National Apprenticeship Service website
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