Apprenticeships are increasingly being presented as the solution to the UK's youth unemployment and skills shortfall, but is it really that simple? Emma Parry asks whether or not apprenticeships really are a cure for the nation's employment problems.
We know that UK prosperity is dependent on the employment and level of skills and experience possessed by our workforce. This means it is essential that we address the current difficulties with youth unemployment and skills levels in order to improve the UK's economic performance, as well as to allow our organisations to be competitive and to promote financial and personal wellbeing for individuals.
On the one hand, recent research I have conducted in conjunction with Learndirect has supported the benefits of apprenticeships for employers by helping companies fill skills shortages, grow their business and have a positive impact on employee retention.
On the other hand, our research also showed that some employers perceive there to be a number of drawb