Shadow business secretary condemns lack of apprenticeships in large UK companies

Lack of apprenticeships in large companies are a "disgrace," says Umunna

Lack of apprenticeships in large companies are a “disgrace,” says Umunna

On 5th March, shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna spoke at the annual EEF National Manufacturing Conference and condemned the fact that two-thirds of the UK’s largest employers still do not have apprenticeship programmes in place, calling it a “disgrace”.

Answering questions regarding the UK’s skill shortage, Umnuna blamed cultural issues, highlighting how UK citizens still favour a university degree over the apprenticeship pathway.

Chief Executive for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), Michael Davis, also spoke at the event. He said: Employers aren’t looking for that ‘oven-ready’ employee that drops into the production line – they’ve never existed. That’s what so positive about apprenticeships as they are a genuine example of employers, colleges and the individual working together.”