Apprenticeships are key to building a stronger British economy, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says.
I’d like to congratulate each and every one of the organisations included in the City & Guilds Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers List 2013.
Selected from more than 1,600 entries in this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards, these businesses have proved themselves to be the very best workplaces in the country for apprentices to start and build a successful and fulfilling career.
From a wide range of sectors, and covering a host of occupations, what all of these employers have in common is that they are providing the highest quality of training and support possible for their apprentices. In the Top 100 Employers supplement, you’ll find real-life examples of the valuable return these organisations get on their investment through the innovation, focus and hard work of their apprentices.
Central to our ambition to build a stronger economy and fairer society in Britain is ensuring more companies, across all sectors, can benefit from the value a dedicated apprentice brings to their work, and that more of our talented young people can reap the opportunities a good apprenticeship offers to realise their full potential and plans for the future.
Every week, the average fully trained apprentice boosts business productivity by £214 per week. I’ve made a personal commitment to work in partnership with business to double the number of employers offering apprenticeships from 100,000 to 200,000.
So if you’re not yet an apprenticeship employer, please take the time to read the case studies in the supplement to find out more about the powerful difference you could make to your organisation, and someone’s life, through an apprenticeship.