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UK Economy and Apprentice Recruiters: Is your Agency ready for a Surge in Demand for Workers?


RecruitmentJuice: UK Apprenticeships have been around since the 12th Century. Back then, the parents of unassuming 14 to 21 years olds would agree with the conditions of an apprenticeship, binding the child to the scheme for 5 to 9 years.

Things have moved on a little since then but as we all know, apprenticeships are still around; if a bit different!

Last year, more than 270,000 young people started apprenticeships and the Government are keen to carry on funding schemes to help yet more youngsters onto the employment ladder.

“That’s all great but what’s in it for us recruitment agencies?” we hear you ask. Well, in March this year, after months of development by the IOR and Expedient Training Consultancy, The National Apprenticeship Service introduced the first ever dedicated Recruitment Apprenticeship scheme.

Funded by the Government, the scheme will focus on building the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in recruitment. The training will cover candidate assessment, candidate coaching and support, relationship building and much more. That’s why specialist Talent Development Platform Recruitment Juice was brought on board -to reinforce this new knowledge via their entertaining videos and expert interview resources.

This really couldn’t have come at a better time when you take into account the fact that recruitment firms are said to be placing the highest number of people into permanent jobs for two years. Research carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG has gone so far as to suggest that demand for staff is at a three year high, vacancies are accelerating, and wages are rising.

Bernard Brown of KPMG said: ”The latest figures reveal permanent placements enjoying their highest growth rates for over two years and temporary roles being filled at the quickest pace since Christmas. Perhaps the sun has finally come out to shine on the jobs market and economy at large.’

It’s true! The British economy is slowly but surely strengthening, and because of this, businesses will soon start to feel the effects before ultimately taking the decision find new staff. This in turn will impact recruitment agencies; demand from growing companies will be higher than ever. We can’t stay in recession indefinitely.

With this in mind, it’s only sensible for recruitment agency owners to take stock and make some decisions when it comes to their workforce. Whether they decide to take on an apprentice or train existing staff, a change is coming and they need to be prepared.