This week the skills experts from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) published a report into youth unemployment and youth labour market.
“The level of youth unemployment is staggering considering the skills shortages in sectors which are vital to our economy, like engineering and manufacturing. This is proof enough that the links between the education system, the skills system and the employment system are just not strong as they should be." - Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and UKCES
The report Scaling the Youth Employment Challenge highlights that although there is a broad awareness of Apprentiships, a large number of employers are unaware of the extent of government financial support.
42% of employers surveyed did not know that the government would subsidise in full the cost of training 16-18 year old apprentices. Even those offering apprenticeships where unfamiliar with this. This lack of awareness of financial support available could be a barrier to employers taking on apprentices.