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Apprenticeships Are THE Solution to the UK’s Skills Gap


Latest research finds that apprenticeships are the solution to the UK’s ever-growing skills gap, according to Britain’s professionals. Just in time for National Apprenticeship Week, the research reveals that more needs to be done by the government to tap into the skills of apprentices.

The news comes from CV-Library, the UK’s largest job site, which conducted a survey amongst over 2,000 UK employees to uncover attitudes toward apprentices in the workplace. The findings revealed:

  • The overwhelming majority (81.2%) of UK workers believe apprentices are the key to filling the nation’s skills gap
  • Yet a staggering 86.6% do not believe the government is providing enough funding to sustain apprenticeships
  • In addition, 73.7% of professionals do not think the government is not doing enough to support apprentices themselves
  • Overall respondents admit there is a general lack of awareness about available schemes

The data shows that apprentices have what it takes to solve the UK’s skills shortage – in fact, 90.6% believe apprentices make a valuable contribution to the workforce. This news follows a previous CV-Library announcement that revealed a concerning decrease in the value of degrees.

However, despite the promise of rebooting the nation’s labour market, only 14.5% of apprentices admit that government information contributed to their awareness of these schemes, and many (42.2%) found opportunities through their own research; suggesting the reason apprentice talent remains untapped comes down to a lack of awareness initiatives from the government.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments:

“Apprenticeships are extremely valuable for UK workers and employers – the skills acquired during these schemes can shape a career and also help tackle skills shortages in key sectors, such as engineering.

“However, it seems that this opportunity is being underutilised – while government funding is on its way via the apprenticeship levy, it’s clear that there is a broader issue at play. The data shows that not enough is being done by the government to raise awareness for apprenticeships and more support is needed for both businesses and apprentices themselves.

“Ultimately, apprentices cannot begin to plug the skills gap until younger workers are educated on the value of apprenticeships and more is done to raise awareness and support.”

While only 21% of respondents have done an apprenticeship themselves, 55.9% believe that doing one would have helped advance their career; further validating the need for government initiatives that raise awareness and support for apprenticeships in the UK.

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CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 200 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.


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