Red tape preventing businesses from hiring apprentices

According to research from the KM Group, over a quarter of companies are not hiring apprentices because of red tape. Company bosses and department heads were put off by filling out forms and obtaining funding.

Principal of East Kent College, Graham Razey, said: “The issue with red tape is really true. We need to simplify the process. Businesses want a one-stop shop for advice but they have so many providers. It is complicated.

“There needs to be an advice line. I might be doing myself out of some business here but looking at it from a business point of view, they need one place to go to get advice. We need an independent broker, who can then funnel out apprenticeships to different providers.”