Training providers score 93% satisfaction rating from apprentice employers

The latest CBI/Pearson skills survey, has found a very high employer satisfaction rating (93% in 2014) with private training providers which are used by 88% of the firms surveyed, rating them ‘far ahead’ of universities and colleges.

The findings also show that training providers score much better in terms of being flexible about when they deliver the training.

The CBI report says: “While there are plenty of instances of training delivered, for example, to meet the needs of those working shifts and weekends, or at more quiet business periods, not all training providers adapt suitably.  While a positive balance of nine in ten employers (+91%) using an external private provider say training is delivered at times to suit their organisation’s needs, that balance falls to +68% for FE colleges and +64% for universities.”

AELP chief executive Stewart Segal said: “Again these findings from the ground totally contradict some of the rhetoric we have heard about training being ‘forced’ on reluctant employers in order to access government subsidies for skills training.”