FSB urges employers to tackle skills gap with traineeships

The Federation of Small Businesses is calling on employers to take action and hire trainees after its Small Business Index highlighted a growing skills gap which acted as a barrier to growth.

John Allan, national chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said the business and education community must work more closely together to ensure young people are ready for the world of work.

He added: “Employability skills must be embedded from an early age; the labour market has changed dramatically in recent years and businesses are adapting to that change, but the education system needs to catch up.

“Reforms must be completed to create a business-led, high-quality apprenticeship system that provides a real choice between vocational and academic routes.

“This should be for the long term, and the aspiration should be to match the standards of our leading competitors, such as Germany.”