Sage research indicates troubling apprenticeship figures

Only a small amount of employers have planned to employ apprentices in 2013

Only a small amount of employers have planned to employ apprentices in 2013

Research from software provider Sage has highlighted the challenges to youth unemployment in the UK. Youth unemployment is on the rise, and is set to reach the one million mark in 2013. The UK Omnibus from Sage surveyed 700 businesses, and revealed that a mere 7% of them intended to hire an apprentice this year. This figure has decreased by almost half since 2012, when the figure stood at 13%.

Despite these troubling figures, high profile apprenticeship campaigns such as the Evening Standard’s Ladder for London and Sage’s Apprenticeship Scheme are doing their bit to get young people into employment.

People services director for Sage UK, Leisa Docherty, said: “The private sector could be the game changer for turning around youth unemployment. Big businesses, growing businesses and social entrepreneurs all have the opportunity to make a real difference. That’s what we are trying to do with our apprenticeship scheme.”