More than two-thirds of employers failing to offer apprenticeships

A new report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has revealed that although over 50% of employers hope to increase permanent positions in their workforce over the next three months, 71% are failing to offer apprenticeships in their firms.

The survey saw the JobsOutlook team question 600 about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next 12 months.

REC CEO Kevin Green commented: “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.”