Written by ROB SMYTH
BURTON’S MP has called on businesses in the town to take on apprentices after new research revealed the extent of the benefits involved.
Andrew Griffiths issued the plea after the end of National Apprenticeship Week – a nationwide bid to highlight the positive impact the scheme can have on business.
He revealed that every time a company in the town hired an apprentice, their bottom line got an average boost of £2,207.
This happens immediately, while the apprentice is being trained, and represents the benefit after typical wage and training costs for the area are deducted.
Last year, 1,150 people started an apprenticeship in Burton.
This means that new apprentices alone provided a local boost of around £2,538,000 in 2012-13.
Mr Griffiths said: “If they don’t have one already, every local business in Burton should consider employing an apprentice.
“By giving young people a chance, they will also be boosting their bottom line. The benefit here of £2.5 million has made a real difference to the local economy, and that’s just from apprentices who began last year.
“Apprenticeship numbers have now doubled, with the Government making it a key priority. It’s great news for each local apprentice, great for our businesses and great for growth.”
The plea by Mr Griffiths comes after coffee giant Nestle, based in Hatton, launched its European Youth Employment Initiative – a commitment to helping at least 20,000 people across Europe under the age of 30 find employment by 2016, with 1,900 of these opportunities in the UK.
Applications are now open at the Hatton Nestle factory by heading online to www.nestleacademy.co.uk
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Delivering the best skills is a crucial part of our economic plan.
“More apprenticeships mean more opportunities for young people.”