Businesses should be obliged to employ apprentices: report

A new report from Civitas, ‘The Environment for Business in Germany: A commentary’ compares the UK’s apprenticeship model with Germany’s.

It says that youth unemployment could be drastically reduced if businesses were obliged to take on apprentices in relation to their size. Currently, British firms employ apprenticeships equivalent to less than 1% of their workforce compared with 5% in Germany.

The report also suggests reducing the apprentice wage to make apprenticeships more attractive to employers. In Germany, apprentices are paid three-quarters of what their peers in the UK earn.

Additionally, it urges employers to extend the duration of apprenticeships to improve quality. In the UK, the average apprenticeship lasts for one year, compared to three years in Germany.