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By Kyle Lindsay
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:37

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The Skills Agenda is something often referred to in this introduction. Our economy needs to develop its skills base to bring it into line with or, ideally, exceed our international competitors. Our industry in particular has suffered from image issues in the past and, to some extent still does, making recruitment and retention difficult.

Probably for any organisation, the best way to address this whole issue is to ‘grow your own’. Apprenticeships not only benefit companies they also change lives, offering a ladder of opportunity: we know that 90% of apprentices go on to a job or further education.

As part of its strategy of skills reform the Government has decided to establish a new and, hopefully, independent public body called The Institute for Apprentices. This will start operating in April to coincide with the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy: the aim being to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, an ambitious target and one we hope they can achieve without sacrificing quality.

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