Fit for the Future – making apprenticeship system work for small businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses has published a report which examines the state of the current apprenticeships system. FSB is calling for changes to the system to help small businesses in England who are struggling to take on new apprentices after widespread reforms in 2017.

The key findings include:

  • 27% of apprentice employers say the reforms have had a negative impact
  • The three biggest challenges when engaging with apprenticeships are: recruiting an apprentice (42%), management time (29 %) and 20 per cent off the job training (24%).
  • Only 40 per cent of eligible smaller businesses have received the £1000 incentive for hiring 16-18 year olds. A third (34%) say they are not even aware of the incentive.
  • 41 % of small businesses say costs related to recruiting and training apprentices have increased
  • Around one fifth of smaller firms that have employed apprentices after the 2017 reforms say they have had difficulty contributing 10 per cent towards training and assessment costs of apprentices.

Further information can be found here: Fit for the Future – making apprenticeship system work for small businesses