Tags: Apprentices

The Conservative Party would offer financial bonuses to employers who take on apprentices, it has been announced. Under new plans designed to boost the number of apprenticeship places on offer for young people, the Tories said they would give employers £2,000 per apprentice trained. Conservative leader David Cameron said the proposals would help to create…

The government is urging employers to boost the provision of apprenticeships for young people, insisting all school leavers should have the right to work as an apprentice. Skills secretary John Denham said that while apprenticeship places have more than doubled in the last ten years, more needs to be done to ensure all qualified school…

Apprenticeships offer one of the best means of training staff, according to one industry practitioner. Stephen Gardner, director of apprenticeships at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), said that the retention of apprentices within businesses once they have completed their training is often higher than it is among the rest of the workforce. The expert…

The Labour administration must ensure that the training needs of employees are met, according to an industry body. Commenting in response to the release of a government consultation entitled Raising Expectations: Enabling the System to Deliver, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said that many of the proposed reforms, such as giving local authorities a greater…

While broadly welcoming the chancellor’s recent announcement of an increase in training funding, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called for a greater emphasis on health and safety. During his Budget speech, Alistair Darling revealed that the government is to spend an additional £60 million over three years in order to help…