Most Firms believe Apprenticeships Will Solve Skills Crisis

According to network firm, Tech Partnership, nearly 75% of firms believe the technology skills gap could be solved by taking on technology and digital apprentices.

Tech Partnership found 56% of apprentice employers have difficulty finding the right people to fill the jobs.

Head of higher education at the Tech Partnership, Bob Clift, said apprenticeships bring a variety of benefits to companies of any size.

He said: “In the face of a national IT skills shortage, tech apprentices provide a great source of talent, as well as bringing new thinking and fresh enthusiasm into the business. For individuals, they are an excellent route into a secure and interesting tech career.”

The number of unfulfilled digital jobs in Europe is forecast to reach 756,000 by 2020.

The firms that are currently offering apprenticeships believe they are a great way of closing the skills gap in sectors such as technology and 61% claimed better access to talent was a motivator in taking on apprentices.

Of the firms who hire apprentices, 7% run an apprenticeship degree programme whereby apprentices gain training and qualifications at the same time as working. 

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