£2.3 million to bring apprentices into London’s professional services

PwC and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) are giving the professional services sector a £2.3m boost by launching the London Professional Apprenticeship (LPA) programme, which will provide 250 apprenticeships to attract outstanding young Londoners into professional services roles.

Small businesses that join the LPA will be able to take advantage of the programme’s apprentice matching service, making it easier for them to access talent to help them grow. It will also provide an environment for apprentices to learn together and develop networks that will benefit them throughout their career.

Sara Caplan, partner, PwC said: “The LPA is a new way of learning for London to create the next generation of business people and the networks to support them in training and beyond. It’s specifically designed to open up career opportunities based on people’s potential to learn and employer’s drive to grow, and challenges traditional perceptions of who can access what opportunities.”

Business will be encouraged to employ apprentices through the LPA in the New Year. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be a particular target, as currently only 5%of SMEs in London employ an apprentice.