Employers are not fully embracing the reformed apprenticeship system, new research suggests. The new Skills Survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows that 76% of employers believe there are clear business benefits in employing apprentices. However, only 7% of employers have a working knowledge of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), or how young people are linked with suitable employers. Dr John McGurk, adviser on learning, training and development with the CIPD said: “Our Skills Survey finds real warmth from employers towards apprenticeships, with a clear willingness to back government efforts to double the number of places. But it’s clear from the findings that the government needs to do more to promote key reforms aimed at simplifying the apprenticeship system.” The survey also indicates that workplace-friendly education, in the form of the 14-19 diplomas, are not being fully embraced by employers, with only 44% believing diplomas will better prepare young people for the world of work than current academic qualifications. Despite this, 73% of employers are still willing to back the initiative by taking young people on for work experience as part of their diploma. The release of the survey coincides with Apprenticeship Week, which runs from February 23 to 27.

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