Apprenticeships and the skills gap
Updated: Feb 10
Are apprenticeships the answer to the skills gap?
What is the skills gap? The skills gap is when the skills a workforce needs is not reflected by the skills the employees or job seekers currently possess. This makes it difficult for individuals to find jobs and for employers to fill in their positions. A recent research report conducted by Deloitte found that their "study reveals that the skills gap may leave an estimated 2.4 million positions unfilled between 2018 and 2028, with a potential economic impact of 2.5 trillion." The root cause for this problem is that learners are not taught the skills required in the work force during their academic career. So, how do apprenticeships help with addressing this issue? In our previous newsletter, we discussed how up-skilling your workforce can help retain talent. Up-skilling staff or hiring an apprentice also helps companies and organisations to hire an individual who would be trained to possess the exact skills your company requires. Apprenticeships provide a great opportunity for those who are ideal candidates for a role but require more skills or knowledge in order to be successful. At EEV Training, we work with you to analyse your training needs and offer a range of apprenticeships and courses which would be a great match for your company. We then provide off the job training for the apprentices which makes up 20% of their total working hours. Off the job training is completed within the normal working hours of the apprenticeship and is a vital part of completing the apprenticeship successfully.
It's a great time to take on an apprentice!