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Engineers respond to rise in take-up of apprenticeships, more needs to be done

27 June 2011

Stephen Tetlow, Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said in response to BIS’s latest announcement on a rise in the take up of apprenticeships:

Stephen Tetlow
Stephen Tetlow

“While the rise in the take-up of apprenticeships is welcome, Skills Minister John Hayes is right to say there is still more to do.

“We need more investment in engineering level 3 apprenticeships or above, in order to boost the UK’s manufacturing industry and help rebalance the economy, and we need more support for smaller companies to encourage them to take on apprentices.

A recent survey commissioned by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers found that even small changes to the current scheme could incentivise companies to take on apprentices. Of the 1,000 manufacturers surveyed 58% said breaks to National Insurance contributions would be a sufficient incentive, while 50% said the same about the introduction of a training levy.”

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