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Business backing in Black Country for apprenticeships

More than 95 per cent of West Midlands SME businesses say adult apprenticeships make a marked difference in improving staff skills and motivation, according to a recent survey.

A detailed poll of 250 businesses across the region reveals more than 20 per cent saw increased revenue and financial turnover as a direct result of putting staff through training and adult apprenticeships.

Results in the annual survey also showed 49.7 per cent of staff at business took on increased responsibilities as a direct result of additional training and three-quarters of businesses surveyed would recommend using a training provider to manage their apprenticeship schemes.

West Midlands training experts BCTG carried out the survey to seek employers’ views on apprenticeships and training as part of its response to Government funding reform for employer-routed apprenticeship funding.

It found that while most small to medium-size businesses saw the value in apprenticeships they didn’t want the hassle of directly administering an apprenticeship scheme.

In March the government announced a ‘digital apprenticeship voucher’ would be introduced for employers to give providers who then claim Skills Funding Agency funding.

Chris Luty, BCTG director, said: “We carried out our own West Midlands survey of 250 small to medium-sized businesses to gauge current views on training and apprenticeships in light of the funding reform which was being proposed by the government and now looks set to continue.

“The businesses we asked ranged from firms with one to five employees to those with more than 250 employees.

“The overwhelming response we received back was the vast majority saw a significant increase in staff skills and motivation following training and 20 per cent put their increase in revenue directly down to apprenticeships and training.

“However the majority while valuing apprenticeships did not want the hassle of their administration and three-quarters of those questioned would recommend using a training provider to manage their apprentices."

Pictured Chris Luty, BCTG


• BCTG works with a range of training organisations across the West Midlands delivering a range of publicly and privately funded training initiatives. It is based In Taylors Lane, Oldbury.

• BCTG works closely with a range of public and private organisations, including the Skills Funding Agency which support many of our activities.

• BCTG has four main aims:

1. Engaging with young people and adults to take up vocational learning
2. Working with employers to help develop the skills their business needs to succeed
3. To improve the quality of education and training delivered in the West Midlands
4. Building partnerships across all the stakeholders interested in improving education and training.

• BCTG offers a wide range of information, advice and training services to suit the needs of young people, schools and training providers and employers.

Issued on behalf of BCTG by Jane Williams 01902 751565/07961048613

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