Its an age-old dilemma in business. You want to recruit the best young people, but when you do - and spend a lot of money training them up - they leave without a second thought to progress their careers. And of course, all that time, effort and money spent on their development walks out of the door with them. If any of that sounds familiar you might want to consider using apprenticeships to help bridge your skills gap. They are still a popular way in to work, with 119,500 young people taking up apprenticeships in the first three quarters of 2017/18, a huge increase on the same period 12 months earlier.
It now looks highly unlikely that the Government will hit its target of creating 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020. The National Audit Office admitted as much in its latest review of the scheme and added that the Government still had some way to go before it showed the scheme was value for money. Changes to the Apprenticeship Levy - the system which helps fund the scheme - have seen the number of start-ups fall in the last two years from 509,400 a year to 375,800, a fall of just over one quarter. So, do apprenticeships still represent a viable career choice for our youngsters - or are they more trouble than they are worth?