National Apprenticeship Service responds to the Statistical First Release

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has released a statement on Statistical First Release (SFR) June 2013 published last week.

The NAS is committed to increasing the number of apprenticeships in the UK, and wants to make an apprenticeship a viable route to a career. It plans to raise awareness of the AGE 16 to 24 Grant so that more employers take on apprentices.

The NAS also has plans to work with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education on the new traineeships programme that will give young people aged 16-24 essential skills to help them get on to an apprenticeship or other employment.

Executive Director of the NAS David Way said: “NAS is working with employers of all sizes to support the growth of quality Apprenticeships in line with the Government’s aspirations for Apprenticeships. The Government’s pledge to invest further in high quality Apprenticeships will be welcomed by employers who tell us that apprentices improve the productivity and performance of their business.

We have seen strong growth in the numbers of employers offering Advanced Level and Higher Apprenticeships, putting them at the heart of economic recovery. Apprenticeships are opening up opportunities for individuals and filling vital skills gaps for employers. NAS will continue to work with employers and partners to make it easier for employers of all sizes to offer Apprenticeships.