EEF calls for more funding to close skills gap

The
Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) has called for the creation of a new
funding system to cut the skills gap and increase training in the sector.

It
is calling for more funding towards the cost of Modern Apprenticeships, which
can cost up to £50,000.

Employers
currently receive £14,560 in funding for 16-18 year olds but much less for
those over 19. The EEF claims this is hampering improved workplace skills.

The
Government has set targets for 2004 that require 28 per cent of young people to
be in an apprenticeship by the age of 22.

www.eef.org.uk

By Ross Wigham

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