By Daniel Hunter

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) have joined forces to promote apprenticeships in England.

The three will deliver a series of events that will show businesses across England the benefits of employing apprentices and how to do so, including information on the support available. More than 100,000 employers are offering quality apprenticeships in more than 220,000 locations, helping them to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Apprenticeships ensure that an employee’s training is tailored to their role within a business, while also having tangible, certified benefits for the apprentice. ‘How Apprenticeships can Benefit your Business’ events will be delivered through the Accredited Chamber of Commerce network, and will draw on the experiences of local businesses and their apprentices.

David Riches, Executive Director, Commercial Services, at the British Chambers of Commerce said: “We are delighted to be working with the National Apprenticeship Service to promote apprenticeships to British businesses. Apprenticeships provide a vital pathway for people to develop the skills and experience they need to gain meaningful employment and contribute to the wider economy.”

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular option for businesses and it’s easy to see why. They enable companies to grow their own workforce, providing highly-qualified and motivated employees, and they bring real business benefits.

“Through our apprenticeship reforms, we are putting employers in the driving seat, making apprenticeships more relevant to their needs, improving quality and ensuring they deliver the skills that people and the economy need. I would encourage all businesses to consider how employing an apprentice can help them grow. There really has never been a better time to employ an apprentice.”

John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “High quality apprenticeships are a fantastic way for individuals and businesses to acquire the skills they need to succeed. These seminars represent a really exciting way to help businesses discover the benefits of taking on an apprentice, and give them the information and support they need to make the most of the opportunity.”

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