Complexity is preventing employers from hiring apprentices

New research by the University of Leicester and Open University Business School has found that high levels of complexity are putting large employers off engaging with youth employment policy initiatives.

The project, ‘Employers, Young People and Pathways into Work’, is based on the experiences of 12 large employers in a range of sectors and explores youth employment and employer perspectives.

University of Leicester professor Melanie Simms said that although employers are engaged with youth employment it is usually through their own schemes rather than government initiatives like apprenticeships or traineeships.

Simms said:  “Even large and engaged employers struggle to understand constantly changing rules and moving goalposts. There are difficulties finding large-scale, national training providers. There’s a risk you might be seen to be delivering a poor quality apprenticeship, and/or of being named and shamed by Ofsted.”