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Apprenticeships can benefit any employer

21 Feb 2012
by Suki Kalirai, Interim CEO, SkillsActive
We know from our experience that Apprenticeships are an extremely successful way to recruit, develop and retain effective employees.

Last week (6-12 February) saw the 5th National Apprenticeship Week – a time to celebrate, as well as an opportunity to encourage individuals and employers to take up the unique learning and business opportunities that are associated with Apprenticeships.

The number of Apprenticeships within the sport and active leisure sector has already increased by more than 600 per cent over the past six years, as well as by 90 per cent in the hair and beauty sector. And with increased financial benefits recently made available by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), those figures look set to grow. The NAS has pledged to provide up to 40,000 grants worth up to £1,500 to small- to medium-sized employ- ers that recruit 16- to 24-year-olds.

Traditionally, many sports and leisure sector firms may not have thought of Apprenticeships. In the year to September 2011, however, SkillsActive issued 9,342 Apprenticeship certificates, which compares with 1,271 in 2006. Apprenticeships have always been popular within the hair and beauty industry and have grown from 6,454 in 2006 to 12,264 in 2011.

We know from our experience that Apprenticeships are an extremely successful way to recruit, develop and retain effective employees. There are 13 frameworks available in the sport and active leisure sector in England, covering many roles. SkillsActive has designed each one in consultation with employers, to ensure they provide the skills businesses need to grow and develop.

Our Group Training Association allows employers running small- to medium-sized firms to group together and access funded training that would otherwise be difficult to reach. This training is delivered through SkillsActive's network of approved National Skills Academy training providers.

I would encourage all employers to consider taking on an Apprentice. Please talk to one of SkillsActive's account managers about how Apprenticeships could work. Details: http://bit.ly/yb61Hd



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