‘Get In Go Far’ takes aim at SMEs ahead of National Apprenticeship WeekFebruary 28, 2017
Just 7 days before National Apprenticeship Week, the government’s ‘Get In Go Far’ promotional campaign has launched a focused effort to target small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Using statistics from IFF Research, the campaign highlights the wide-ranging benefits that apprentices bring to businesses, to encourage more apprentice programs to be taken up by SMEs. Further to this, further analysis in support of the campaign, highlights the fact that, SMEs are set to recruit 202,000 new apprentices in the next 12 months, helping more young people get their foot in the door at leading companies across the country. So, a win-win for both.
The research undertaken by IFF Research shows that last year:
- more than 24,000 apprentice-employing SMEs in the private sector reported that hiring an apprentice has helped them win business
- 3 in 4 SMEs that employ apprentices report increased productivity thanks to apprenticeships with product/service improvement
- nearly all (96%) SMEs report at least one business benefit to hiring an apprentice
Supporting the campaign, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon said:
“We know that apprenticeships give people of all ages and all backgrounds a ladder of opportunity to get the skills they need. That is why more than 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their scheme ends.”
It’s certainly a sentiment shared by our customers. Nick West, Director of Brace IT, who asked Remit Training to help place two Apprentices last year stated:
“The two [apprentices] that started with us a few weeks back are proving to be everything we hoped. Although still early days, their attitude is brilliant and their desire to learn is what’s making them a real part of the team.
We are very excited for Brace’s future with this team, and see it as a positive way to grow the business, in a way that gives back as much as they put in. If things continue the way they are looking right now, then it won’t be long before we start looking for the next one!”