Government set to increase the number of apprenticeships for UK industry

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A recent Government announcement to address the insufficient careers advice offered to 16-18 year olds has been welcomed by the Institute of the Motor Industry. The aim is to target the current vacuum of advice and support young people are receiving regarding their further career options and create a better strategy for careers provision. The chief executive of the IMI, Steve Nash, has said that the change cannot come soon enough and that he is extremely encouraged by the plans that have been outlined.

UK schools are currently without any formal career advice strategy, but the Government plans to change this and has set a target of 3 million apprentices by 2020. The importance of providing young adults with appropriate and beneficial advice cannot be stressed enough as it offers them the direction they need to make the best possible choices for the future.

“English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision” will focus on encouraging large public sector bodies to employ apprentices ensuring they account for at least 2.3% of their workforce. This will result in the creation of an extra 200,000 apprenticeships over the course of the next five years.

When a nation embraces the full potential of its people it can flourish, and apprenticeships have been widely recognised as an essential method of successfully developing the specific skill sets and instincts that employers are looking for. The long term economical benefits of apprenticeships are globally recognised and the Government has committed itself to increasing the quality and quantity of apprenticeships throughout UK industry.

The Institute of the Motor Industry commissioned research earlier in 2015 which discovered that many colleges and businesses believed that they would struggle to recruit the numbers and quality of apprentices they would need to sustain economic growth over the next five years. Cuts in education and schools focusing on retaining pupils in order to aid funding have been identified as contributing factors. The Government’s plans have come as welcome news for training providers.

There is a strong sense of positivity within the automotive industry towards the commitment towards an employer-led approach. The planned regulation of the quality of apprenticeships will create the ideal opportunity for engagement with professional bodies such as the IMI. The plans will ensure the training and shaping of apprentices that can contribute to the continued success and evolution of the automotive sector. The IMI represents the £152 billion a year retail motor industry and seeks to recruit 12,000 apprentices a year with a view to producing high quality candidates forautomotive recruitment.