This week’s update from the Scottish Training Federation contained the following news showing that many SMEs are reluctant to take on apprentices.
Around half of Scotland’s small and medium sized enterprises seem reluctant to take on apprentices with many concerned about the potential costs and time involved, research shows.
In a survey of SMEs for Close Brothers 47% of respondents in Scotland seemed sceptical about the benefits of taking on apprentices.
A quarter of those who expressed doubts about taking on an apprentice said they were put off by fears it would be expensive. The same proportion of sceptics were concerned they would not be able to devote the time needed to training.
With at least 47% of respondents in all parts of the UK unconvinced about the benefits of taking on apprentices, the research may alarm champions of such training schemes.
Mike Randall, chief executive of Close Brothers Asset Finance, said: “There are understandable reasons why some businesses are hesitant to invest their time and money into training an apprentice, as the benefits of apprenticeship schemes are not widely documented.”
The Federation of Small Businesses Scottish policy convenor, Andy Willox, said: “If we’re looking to encourage more small businesses to get involved in the apprenticeship system, we need to ensure the system works for organisations which, for example, don’t have dedicated human resources departments and may have very different skills requirements in comparison to their larger equivalents.”
But he noted the FSB’s study suggested that apprenticeships offer an affordable solution to skills gaps.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government said it was encouraging more employers, including large and small firms, to offer training under its modern apprenticeship programme.
“We delivered a record 25,961 modern apprenticeship starts last year, and are committed to delivering at least 25,000 more in every year of this parliament – a target we are well on our way to achieving,” said the spokesman. “Ultimately, these apprenticeships are good for business, young people and the economy.”
Mr Randall said apprenticeships can reduce the time and expense of recruiting, while helping businesses increase their productivity.
Close Brothers found 59% of respondents in Scotland had had difficulty recruiting employees.
Some 50% of SMEs in Scotland said they offered apprenticeships.
This is of significant interest to Minerva People whol deliver the majority of their modern apprenticehsip programmes to Micro and SME businesses in Dumfries and Galloway. We believe that modern apprenticeships can be of tremendous benefit to small businesses when they utilise the services of a training provider to deliver the programme. Training providers are able to recruit talented young people for you and provide support throughout the training programme, much like an HR department.
Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013.
Minerva Recruitment, part of Minerva People Ltd, is holding a Recruitment Open Day on Thursday 7 November from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm.
The purpose of the event is to help local people find out the benefits of using a recruitment agency and how Minerva Recruitment may be able to help you find a job.
Minerva Recruitment specialises in sourcing Administrative, Audio and Copy Typist, Bookkeeping, Clerical, Customer Service, Finance, IT, Reception, Sales, Secretarial jobs throughout Dumfries & Galloway.
Find out how those in-the-know use recruitment agencies. Come in and meet with one of our experienced recruitment specialists for professional advice. If you have time, you may also be able to benefit from a Free CV Review or Free Career Consultation
We are located on Dumfries High Street opposite Starbucks and above RBS.
Serious employers use recruitment agencies, so should you!
Posted by Andrew on Friday, October 25th, 2013.
We found this interesting read today about the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Skills Pulse Survey.
The data from the Skills Pulse survey provides you with a snapshot of the challenges that fellow employers are facing. It covers the impact of the current economic climate on business, challenges employers face to recruit the right skills and views on Scotland’s training and education systems.
Posted by Andrew on Friday, September 27th, 2013.
Nora Senior, Chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, recently visited Minerva People to meet some graduates and chat with business owners about the challenges that they face.
Nora’s visit coincided with the announcement by Alex Salmond and Scottish Chambers of Commerce on the nationwide launch of the Graduate Recruitment Incentive, providing support to small businesses across Scotland to create quality jobs for talented young graduates.
More on this story can be found on this Dumfries and Galloway Chamber web page.
Posted by Andrew on Thursday, August 29th, 2013.
It is a fact – young people would choose an apprenticeship
We stumbled across a fantastic article earlier this week that states that 54% of young people in the UK would opt to undertake an apprenticeship if one were available to them, new research has claimed.
The article that can be read on the CIPD website if you follow the link below makes interesting reading for young people considering their next step after exams.
The value of apprenticeship programmes has always been celebrated at Minerva People and I feel that that the opportunities that young people have by undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship are not fully promoted at schools. This therefore means that school leavers don’t recognise apprenticeships as a first choice.
I hope that this article along with the increasing political momentum to support apprenticeships results in the people advising pupils of their next step after school to showcase all oppportunites to young people equally.
Posted by Andrew on Friday, August 16th, 2013.
Regional training and recruitment specialists, Minerva People is proud to announce their Modern Apprentice Award Winners for 2013 which took place during Scottish Modern Apprenticeship week in May.
While celebrating the launch of the “New Childcare Employability Programme” at the Aston Hotel, Dumfries last Friday, Minerva’s Tricia Hunter and Elaine Murray MSP honoured Caitlyn Kennedy as Minerva’s Modern Apprentice of the Year. Caitlyn was nominated by her employer Happy Faces Nursery and After School Club for her outstanding work ethic. She is described by her employer as “being extremely motivated, professional, positive and enthusiastic. Caitlyn takes her job and responsibilities very seriously and often seeks the expertise of her colleagues and manager to enhance the quality of service the nursery provides. Caitlyn has been called an excellent role model, supportive and friendly.”
Minerva People were delighted to congratulate Caitlyn on her success. She was presented with her certificate and £100 voucher and thanks given to her employer from Happy Faces in supporting Caitlyn and offering her a permanent job even before she has completed her full Modern Apprenticeship programme.
Finalists included Jordyn Clark of Jaybees Childcare, Lana Anderson of Little Tots Farm Childcare, Emma Inglis of Scruffs Childcare, Danny McBryde of Easterbrook Hall, Jessica Wright of Garden Wise, Theresa Rankine of Lockerbie Medical Practice and Meghan Bertinasco of Gretna Surgery. Congratulations to our winner and finalists!
Posted by Tracy on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013.
Our Director, Andrew Hunter, had a a fantastic time this afternoon as a guest on Alive Radio 107.3 FM. It was Andrea Thompson’s first show and she did a fantastic job leading a packed programme with support in the studio from Lee Medd
Andrew was invited on the show to talk about Minerva People, Modern Apprenticeships, business, his own hobbies and interests and his family. There were a few surprises and his music choices led to good conversation. The biggest challenge of the show was remembering his wedding anniversary. A tough question for any man, let alone on live radio. Fortunately he got it right.
Posted by Andrew on Friday, May 31st, 2013.
Demand for accomplished graduates is on the rise in Scotland, although skills shortages continues to be a problem, it has been revealed.
According to ScotlandIS, the country’s trade body for the IT and digital sector, almost 70 per cent of the companies they polled were planning to take on new recruits, but have found it increasingly difficult to fill vacancies and specific skills shortages.
These issues pose further problems for management training in Scotland as companies are having to take on the extra cost of training skilled IT managers and staff members to fill in the gap.
It has been estimated that over 45,000 professionals will be needed in the next five years in the digital industry which has taken on well over 100,000 people.
Polly Purvis, executive director of ScotlandIS said: “Today’s survey results and industry findings reinforce the message that comes back again and again from our members. They are going for growth and there is significant pent up demand for skilled people in the digital technologies industry.”
According to the Office for National Statistics, unemployment in Scotland fell by 4,000, to 200,000 from November 2012 to January 2013.
Minerva People are a CMI centre that are able to provide a range of Management Training Courses to businesses throughout Scotland.
Posted by Andrew on Friday, April 5th, 2013.
Hundreds more young people will be supported into jobs following the investment of an additional £6.3 million from the Scottish Government into Community Jobs Scotland.
The third sector programme will receive £5.75 million for 2013/14 to support up to 1,000 young people into employment with 10 per cent of the budget ring fenced for those with disabilities and long term illnesses.
A further £550,000 will be invested this year for 100 job opportunities for young people with disabilities and long term illnesses. This is over and above the initial £8.5 million investment for 2012/13.
The eligibility age range of vulnerable young people will also be extended up to 24, having previously been 16 to 19.
Speaking at the Gathering on Youth Employment in Glasgow, Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance said:
“Community Jobs Scotland has played a pivotal role in delivering Opportunities for All, our unique guarantee of an offer of a place in training or education for 16 to 19 year olds. Extending the programme for another year will help hundreds more improve their life chances through finding jobs.
“The time is also right for those involved with Community Jobs Scotland to ensure our most vulnerable young people aged up to 24 can benefit from their expertise. Furthermore, a ring fenced budget for those with disabilities and long term illnesses will help address the particular barriers they have accessing the labour market.
“In 2013, the Scottish Government will be stepping up its commitment to supporting young people into employment. As well as Opportunities for All, we are already committed to at least 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships in every year of this Parliament and we will shortly launch a new Employer Recruitment Initiative to aid small and medium businesses that want to take on more young people. I would urge employers in Scotland, big or small, to make young people their business in 2013.”
Source: Scottish Government
Posted by Andrew on Thursday, March 7th, 2013.
This year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week runs from May 20 to 24 and celebrates the talents and skills of apprentices as well as recognising their contribution to businesses and the economy.
Led by Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Apprentice Week will bring together apprentices, employers, training providers and partners in a series of events across the country.
National and regional activities will be taking place throughout the week.
Full details of Minerva People’s event will follow soon.
Posted by Andrew on Monday, March 4th, 2013.