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London IT Sector Worst for Apprenticeships

London IT Sector Worst for Apprenticeships

The London IT sector is one of the worst performers in terms of creating apprenticeships.

According to a London Assembly report, an intervention is required for improvements in the sector.

The report from the London Assembly Economy Committee showed London had created the least amount of apprenticeships in the UK.

The report said: "More specific interventions are needed to improve apprenticeships in London. Notably, sectors such as construction, IT, leisure, travel and tourism - where London has particular strengths - are among the worst performing sectors in terms of the proportion of apprenticeships created."

The report said: "More specific interventions are needed to improve apprenticeships in London. Notably, sectors such as construction, IT, leisure, travel and tourism - where London has particular strengths - are among the worst performing sectors in terms of the proportion of apprenticeships created."

Member of the economy committee Stephen Knight believes London is falling behind the rest of the country when it comes to apprenticeships, despite having one of the highest rates of youth unemployment in the UK.

The report suggests recommendations, including using procurement as an incentive for getting businesses to creating apprenticeships and a deterrent for them not doing so. The report also highlighted that an apprenticeship IT plan should be set up to deliver the mayor's target of 250,000 apprenticeships.

As part of a government-backed scheme launched in 2012, IT service providers agreed to take on more IT apprentices to help bridge the gap between education and the workplace.

The Ministry of Justice and private charity Business in the Community have both backed the project.


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