NLT is supporting the 11th National Apprenticeship Week (5 – 9 March 2018) by reminding employers how an Apprentice can benefit their business.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a Government led initiative designed to celebrate the successes of Apprenticeships, raise awareness of the opportunities they can offer, and encourage more people to choose Apprenticeships as a pathway into a rewarding and successful career.

With 50% of the entire engineering workforce due to retire by 2020, the UK’s engineering industry is set to face a skills shortage of unprecedented levels. It is estimated in Engineering UK’s 2017 State of Engineering Report that 20,000 people need to be recruited to the sector annually. Huge technological developments are on the horizon. Work has already started on the UK’s new high-speed railway line, HS2, which is anticipated to deliver supply chain opportunities for engineering companies.

This year, the NAW theme is ‘Apprenticeships Work’, showcasing how Apprenticeships work:

  • for individuals
  • for employers
  • for the community
  • for the wider economy

NLT is a specialist engineering Apprentice training provider – delivering training across all area of companies working within the sector, from Apprentices on the shop floor to those undertaking office-based roles behind the scenes.

NLT has helped Mollart Cox Engineering, based on Broombank Road in Chesterfield, recruit and train three of its most recent Apprentices and is helping the company recruit a further two.

Chris Cox, Managing Director of Mollart Cox Engineering, explained: “The fact NLT is heavily involved in local schools is of real benefit to us when it comes to recruiting Apprentices. The engineering industry, not just in Chesterfield but UK-wide, has a big skills shortage and we need to get young people interested and keep them learning. NLT plays a critical role in that locally.”

Sarah Temperton, Chief Executive of NLT Training Services, added: “The government sees Apprenticeships as being key to addressing the skills gaps in industry and has committed to delivering 3 million Apprenticeships by 2020 and was the driving force behind the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy last year.

“If you are a levy paying company within the engineering or manufacturing sector and are not using your levy to its potential, I would urge you to get in touch with NLT. The immediate and long-term benefits an Apprentice can bring to a business are far reaching.”

Plugging the skills shortage gap and improved productivity are just two of the benefits of hiring an Apprentice. To discover more, visit here.

Apprenticeships work for employers. That’s the message that NAW is all about, and we agree. But don’t just take our word for it – check out the graphic above for more facts and figures about Apprenticeships and Apprentice satisfaction.

If you’re a local employer, then book a FREE consultation with your nearest NLT office today. For further help and information simply contact our Business Development Team.