Apprenticeships - what should employers do?

The skills gap
The skills gap

When it comes to employers, the report specifies that they should agree with the provider on their contributions to the apprenticeship such as time, resources and funding for training; ensure that apprenticeships do more than simply assess apprentices’ existing skills and consider the benefits of taking on an apprentice to create employment opportunities for local young people in their industry, improve productivity and pass on their skills and experience.

One such employer making the most of the apprenticeships scheme is engineering firm, Fernite of Sheffield, which is training up its apprentices at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). Commenting on the importance of finding the right training provider, managing director James Kitching said: “Fernite manufactures machine knives to meet our customers’ cutting needs, often developing bespoke solutions and manufacturing small volume, so we need the best trained people.

The AMRC apprentices’ first experiences of engineering instils the highest standards in them. It is important that they are trained in a world-class environment, to world-class standards so that they can return to Fernite and be prepared to help us on our world-class journey.”