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Apprentices can be an effective way to fill talented shortages, according to new findings.
The Tech Partnership Research survey revealed that more than half of employers (56 per cent) have encountered difficulty when it comes to employing the right people.Identifying high quality training that fits in with business requirements has also proven to be problematic for employers.
Almost half (49 per cent) did not currently have an apprenticeship scheme in place, while a third (33 per cent) of these organisations don’t believe they have a suitable role.Furthermore, nearly four in ten (39 per cent) simply do not know where to start.
The same number of firms claimed that current apprenticeship frameworks were unsuitable for their business. A quarter (24 per cent) felt there was a lack of high quality training available to support a successful apprenticeship.However, the report showed that employers that did take on apprentices found them useful for their companies. Indeed, with the organisations that have taken on a tech/digital apprentice in the last year, 44 per cent have taken on five or more apprentices.
The majority of people (73 per cent) said the biggest motivations for taking in an apprentice was that it helped to fill their digital gaps and 61 per cent said it helped them gain access to talent.
When the apprenticeship levy will impact their organisation, 37 per cent of respondents said that they think that it will prompt them to take more apprentices.
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