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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

REC: Employers failing to attract young talent through apprenticeships

More than two thirds of employers (71 per cent) are failing to attract young talent through apprenticeships, a new employer survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) finds.


The report asked more than 200 employers about whether their organisations offered apprenticeships. Worryingly, just over a quarter (26 per cent) said they did, while a staggering 71 per cent did not. Three per cent said they did not know.


On a positive note, 97 per cent of employers plan to increase (51 per cent) or maintain (46 per cent) their permanent workforce in the next three months, up three points on last month. In the next year 98 per cent of employers plan to increase (43 per cent) or maintain (55 per cent) their permanent workforce, the same as last month.


REC CEO Kevin Green said: "Vince Cable has recently claimed that the government is attacking the country's scandalous neglect through apprenticeships, however our data shows that there is still a long way to go if the UK is to tackle youth unemployment and the growing skills deficit. The 71 per cent of employers who do not offer apprenticeships need to take a careful look at how they will secure the supply of talent now and in the future. 


"The REC is acutely aware of the importance of engaging young people and is working to ensure that the recruitment industry can access talented young apprentices. The government must do more to support employers to take on young workers and promote schemes such as the Youth Contract, which according to our previous research, only 18 per cent of employers were aware of and would use."

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