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Home > News > August 2007 > 21 August 2007

Employers urged to recognise the benefit of apprenticeships

As individuals across the country review their options in light of their exam results, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is urging employers to recognise the benefits apprenticeships can have on their businesses.

According to the LSC, employers gain a highly motivated and loyal workforce that helps boost productivity and makes a positive difference to their business from day one, and individuals improve their skills and career prospects whilst continuing to learn and earn a wage.

Stephen Gardner, director of apprenticeships at the Learning and Skills Council, said: "Skills shortages remain a big issue within the UK, and individuals need to be attracted to industry if we are to remain competitive in the global economy. By training apprentices, employers can plan for future skills requirements ensuring that the skills critical to their companies success are not lost.

"There's never a better time to think about what Apprenticeships could do for your business than at this time of year when individuals across the nation review their options in light of their exam results, a valuable pool of talent potentially within your reach. Apprenticeships enable businesses to have the right people, with the right skills, at the right time."

The LSC reports that there are currently 250,000 apprentices working in over 130,000 organisations in England alone. They can choose from over 200 career paths in 80 different sectors of industry and commerce.

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