SMEs to benefit from shared apprenticeship plan

New scheme aims to benefit SMEs

New scheme aims to benefit SMEs

Managing partner at Optimity, Anthony Impey, has voiced his concerns surrounding the lack of access employers have to “tech talent” in Tech City. He finds it particularly problematic for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the IT sector.

Running an apprenticeship scheme can be daunting for smaller organisations. The Industrial Partnership for the Information Economy’s innovative shared apprenticeship scheme aims to tackle any hesitations that SMEs might have. It allows SMEs to employ apprentices jointly, enabling them to share training and administration costs.

Director General at Intellect UK, Julian David, says: “Our membership of 500+ SME companies needs a steady supply of talented entrants just as our larger members do, but in the past apprenticeships have been hard for SMEs to access. We would welcome a scheme that would allow them to offer high quality apprenticeships that would attract the best to our industry.”