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Master Class: Children are our future

Every year you take on new staff, including some apprentices. There is now an opportunity for employers to get ahead of the game and attract the best young new talent into their business with the Government-backed Young Apprenticeships work experience scheme for 14- to 16-year-old schoolchildren.

There is a major skills shortage in the motor industry and many employers are finding it exceptionally difficult to fill vacancies for technicians, in many cases the only way forward is to train youngsters in the skills that a business needs.

At the end of the first two-year programme, the first cohort of Young Apprentices has done much to impress their employer placements. Research has shown that 70% of the employers involved in the programme found it beneficial and have cited a range of business benefits.

One employer who will be recruiting full-time apprentices next year expects his Young Apprentices to apply. They have a good chance of being successful as the employer has already grown to know them and knows what their attributes are. They’ve already had some exposure to the employer’s brand, product and people.

As an employer it is also an opportunity to positively contribute to your business and profits. If a technician gains experience sooner, they’ll be earning money more quickly for your business.

If you would like to know more about the Young Apprenticeship programme, please contact Monique Boath, development manager (apprenticeships), Automotive Skills: mboath@automotiveskills.org.uk

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