A new guide to help tradespeople hire apprentices has been launched by Screwfix in conjunction with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
Screwfix developed the guide in response to recent research showing that more than three-quarters of tradespeople want the Government to raise the number of apprenticeship places from 110,000 to 400,000 and encourage as many school leavers to take up apprenticeships as go to university.
However, many also need a better understanding of how to take on apprentices themselves, with most plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and others having little or no experience. Only 14 per cent had employed an apprentice in the past year.
The guide attempts to tackle some of the myths that surround apprenticeships, set outs their benefits and provides information on where to go first and the help available.
Andrew Livingston, chief executive of Screwfix, said: “We understand how vital apprentices are as the future lifeblood of the trade, but it’s clear from what our customers are telling us that more needs to be done to simplify the process of hiring one.
“We have developed this guide to help tradespeople who have little or no experience of apprentices. Whether they’re looking to find out a bit more about who to hire an apprentice through or the financial support available to them to help with taking one on, we encourage interested tradespeople to pick up their free guide from one of our stores in England now.”
Sajid Javid added: “Business has always been part of my life and I know how hard it can be to succeed and find the right people for the job. This guide will be an essential tool to help the trade to plug the skills gap by finding and developing the next generation of skilled tradesmen and women and realising our goal of creating three million apprenticeships by 2020.”