Strap in folks, it’s a bumper edition of Manufacturing Mondays!
This week is National Apprenticeship Week! Apprenticeships in manufacturing are critical to ensuring that employers are equipped with the right skills for the transition to a digital and green future for the manufacturing sector, as well as being at the heart of delivering the high-paid, high-skilled jobs across the country that the Government wants to see.
And there has been good news on apprenticeships in recent weeks, with new data showing that:
- a 43% overall increase in new apprenticeship starts in autumn 2021 compared with the same period in 2020 – and even a slight increase on pre-COVID numbers.
- the number of people starting new engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships in this period was almost double that in the same period in 2020 – making it one of the sectors with the highest growth rates in new apprentice numbers.
However, we still believe that more can be done to help firms to recruit and retain apprentices, and avoid the £2 billion in unspent apprenticeship levy funds currently being returned to the Treasury.
By allowing employers to use their levy funds to help to pay their apprentices’ wages, the Government can encourage even more investment in high-quality training to boost the manufacturing workforce.
✍🏽 This week’s intro remarks are from Jamie Cater, Senior Policy Manager (Labour Market and Skills).