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18 August 2016

A-level students urged to consider an apprenticeship

Small business owners are urging young people getting their A-level results to carefully consider all the available options and think about the benefits of doing an apprenticeship in a small firm.

Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who is getting their results today. With an increasingly diverse range of education options open to them, I look forward to seeing what this year’s school leavers will go on to achieve.

“While A-level results day always brings talk of university places, we should not forget the value of practical, vocational education to employers and individuals. Vocational training has become an increasingly attractive option for young people keen to earn as they learn and who may be put off by the rising cost and uncertain returns of a university degree.

“Smaller businesses are taking on more apprentices than ever before. What’s more, a quarter (24%) of our members say they are considering employing an apprentice in the future. We know these apprentices tend to be aged between 16 and 19 years old and over two thirds (67%) of those training go onto longer term employment in the business, making an apprenticeship a great way to start your working life.”


FSB’s evidence found that small businesses are most likely to recruit apprentices from outside the business, with 79 per cent of FSB members’ recruiting externally. These finding show that smaller businesses are providing a reliable pathway into full time employment for their apprentices. Commitment to giving young people training opportunities was found to be a key motivator for why smaller firms employ an apprentice.

On Friday 19 August between 1 and 2 pm FSB will be holding an Apprenticeships Twitter chat. The chat will focus on the role of smaller firms and apprenticeships. It will also look at apprenticeship reform and highlight resources that support smaller businesses to hire an apprentice.

The FSB Twitter chat will feature former apprenticeship winner and businessman Tim Campbell; Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service; Jenny Woodward, Managing Director, The Printed Cup Company; Anthony Impey, CEO of Optimity and Chair of FSB Skills Policy Board; Jack Kennedy, Strategic Communications and Employer Engagement Manager at the Apprenticeship Funding Unit; and Annie Peate, FSB’s Education and Skills Policy Advisor.

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