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Engineering businesses urged to show support for apprentices

Engineering businesses across England are being urged to show their commitment to Apprenticeships by displaying a new ‘badge’ on their websites or stationery.

The Apprenticeship employers’ badge, which was launched today, has been developed in response to consumer demand. Recent research, commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service, showed that 64% of consumers would use a register enabling them to choose a business that hires apprentices and over 80% of people are more likely to use a business if it offers Apprenticeships to young people.

Once an organisation has put the badge on its website, its logo will in turn be placed on the Apprenticeship website – ensuring their customers can see they support young people. With 43,100 apprentice starts last year, the engineering and manufacturing sector is really set to benefit from this new initiative.

Simon Waugh, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service said:

"I am pleased to announce the launch of the Apprenticeship badge for employers and businesses. Recent research shows a high majority of consumers prefer businesses who take on apprentices and this is a great way for those businesses to show their commitment.

"The badge scheme will demonstrate which businesses support young people through offering Apprenticeships and will provide a service for consumers to choose. The scheme will add to the numerous benefits apprentices bring to a business."

The badge, supported by the British Chambers of Commerce and which can be used by all employers who take on apprentices, can be displayed on company websites or stationery to highlight their support for young people undertaking this valuable programme. Consumers will then be able to go onto the Apprenticeships website to look at the list of those businesses that are using the badge to communicate their support for Apprenticeships to their customers.

Kevin Brennan, Minister for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs, said:

"For years, businesses of all sizes have supported young people by offering Apprenticeships and in return, apprentices have contributed to their employers’ success by increasing efficiency, productivity and providing a sound investment for the future. Apprentices are good for business and now employers can let their customers know they employ apprentices by displaying their support for young people through the Apprenticeship badge scheme."

Iain Wright, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships said:

"We already know some of the real business benefits apprentices can bring to the organisations they work for. In addition, it’s now encouraging to see consumers are asking for apprentices and choosing to use a business which supports young people over one which doesn’t. This consumer choice gives employers another bottom line reason to hire apprentices."

Businesses that hire apprentices can download the badge by visiting apprenticeships.org.uk, clicking on ‘Employers’ then ‘Employers’ Badge’. Employers who want to get involved in Apprenticeships should call 08000 150 600.

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