EEF calls for apprenticeships for older workers

Older
workers should be offered apprenticeships to help ease the industry skills gap,
according to the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF).

Modern
Apprenticeships are currently aimed at those aged under 25 but the EEF has
called on the Government to extend the scheme beyond the existing age limits to
improve productivity.

"The
UK has a long history of under-investment in skills. There is a proven link
between lower levels of spending on skills and training and productivity
performance," said director general Martin Temple.

The
EEF also reported that the number of people taking up modern apprenticeship
courses wasn’t enough to satisfy industry demands.

By Ross Wigham

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