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Markets Apprentice recruitment in engineering on par with construction

Editor: Briggette Jaya

UK - A recent survey by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) reveals that over 50% of engineering companies have taken on an apprentice over the last two years.

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The MTA says it is committed to helping its members take on fresh talent by offering training grants and loans.
The MTA says it is committed to helping its members take on fresh talent by offering training grants and loans.
(Source: MTA)

The new survey conducted by the MTA and Close Brothers Asset Finance has reported that more than 50% of engineering firms in the UK took on an apprentice in the last two years. The survey, covering a range of sectors including food and drink, retail, recruitment and services, has also revealed that the only other sector employing apprentices at a similar rate to engineering firms was construction.

Also noted was that the biggest barrier to employing an apprentice was not the Apprenticeship Levy, but actually a lack of suitable candidates and problems with training providers.

Close Brothers Industrial Equipment Division CEO Steve Gee said: “Over the past four years, Close Brothers, working in partnership with the MTA and University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre, has funded the training of 60 apprentices.” Under this scheme, Close Brothers helped pay for apprentices to learn their skills at the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre, funding half of the new recruits’ wages during the first year and a quarter of the second. This has meant participating SMEs have not had to bear the full cost of employing the apprentices until they make a positive contribution to their business, Gee also noted. The scheme, which had its first intake in September 2015, is still going strong today.

The MTA says it is committed to helping its members take on fresh talent by offering training grants and loans to help ease the financial burden of taking on new members of the team.

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