Use apprentices to power your business
Apprenticeships offer people of all ages the chance to upskill and give companies the chance to train stars of the future. Paul Golden explains how they work and talks to people on both sides – at Azets, Grant Thornton and Mercedes-Benz
Over the past decade, apprenticeships have been undergoing something of a renaissance. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Provisional government figures show that between August 2020 and January 2021, 161,900 apprenticeships were started – a decline of 18.5% compared with the number started in the same period of the 2019/20 academic year. In part, the decline is due to the coronavirus restrictions, which will have had an impact on learning for trainees across the UK. However, if apprenticeships are to work for both employer and employee, and contribute to reducing unemployment (particularly among young people), further improvements are required.