My company BCSG recently conducted some research to understand the attitudes smaller companies have towards hiring apprentices. We thought the results might be interesting in light of the government’s appointment of entrepreneur Jason Holt to review the success of UK apprenticeship schemes.
Most businesses have never had an apprentice
I was surprised to uncover that 78% of the small business owners we surveyed have never hired apprentices to join their workforce. They don’t have any plans to start, either. When asked what was stopping them, 44% said the associated training costs were too high and 30% said the red tape was too complex.
This perhaps explains why the government has recently introduced a flurry of new measures to encourage small businesses to hire and train apprentices:
I hope these measures help to boost apprentice recruitment, because although hiring apprentices may seem an expensive and labour intensive process, these aspiring business stars can make valuable contributions to the small business market:
Has your firm had any experience of employing apprentices? Has the red tape put you off? Leave a comment and let us know.
John Davis is managing director of Business Centric Services Group.