More firms to hire apprentices in 2014, says CBI report

According to a new survey by the CBI and Accenture, more companies are looking to hire apprentices and graduates in 2014.

Based on responses from 325 organisations, ‘On the Up’ found that more than half predicted a larger workforce by next year. Four out of five firms said they would create job opportunities specifically for young people.

Katja Hall, the CBI’s chief policy director, said: “We’re starting to see the recovery have an impact on business plans to hire, with more than half of firms boosting staff numbers next year and more opportunities for young people.”

Olly Benzecry, managing director of Accenture, said: “The news that firms are expecting to grow their workforces is another welcome sign of the UK’s economic recovery. The skills agenda is critical to not only sustain this growth but to make it inclusive, increasing employability and opportunities for young people who are not in a job, training or education.”