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21 May 2014

More apprentices needed say FSB

Reference number: FSB PR 14/2014

Not enough small businesses in Cambridgeshire are taking on apprentices according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). According to their National membership survey "Voice of Small Business" 10% of their members employs one or more apprentices nationally but it is only 7% in Cambridgeshire.

The FSB is calling on schools in Cambridgeshire to do more to promote apprenticeships as a viable alternative to Higher Education. Chairman of the Greater Cambridge Branch of the FSB Dick Jarvis said: "Whilst we would expect some regional variation, this gap in take up of apprenticeship is significant. We need to do more in Cambridgeshire to get our members and other small businesses to take the plunge and employ an apprentice as this would significantly help to reduce our problem with skill shortages and youth unemployment.Apprenticeships need to be as desirable in small firms as they are in larger organisations. Our small businesses need bright young people to protect their future and help them grow and thrive.

"Being an ex apprentice myself I am keen on encouraging young people to look at apprenticeships as a way into work and advancing their skills. We are therefore working hard to promote apprenticeships amongst our members but more needs to be done by the schools and colleges to promote this form of training to students and their parents. Apprenticeships area valuable alternative to university and full-time further education as the path to a successful career. There is no better experience than in a small business where you can learn about every aspect of the business and earn whilst you learn."

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