• Encourage more employers to recruit more apprentices
  • Increase the quality of apprenticeships by employers sharing best practice and learning from each other


  • Employers with experience of apprenticeships will share best practice to help them continuously improve
  • Employers new to apprenticeships will be able to learn from peers
  • Employers who don’t yet take apprentices will be able to talk to those who do


  • Identified key barriers to employers recruiting apprentices: the strongest to emerge was that employers think taking young people is risky and expensive
  • Identified key ways of overcoming the barriers: the most important was employers sharing their experience of apprenticeships, which clearly show that the benefits far outweigh the costs
  • We have started work on a strategy to disseminate the key messages to the key audiences


Accenture, American Express, Atos, BT, the Cabinet Office, Capgemini CGI, Cisco, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, John Lewis, KPMG, Lloyds, Microsoft, Nationwide, NAS, QinetiQ, Royal Signals, Steria TCS, Ticketmaster, Virgin Media, VMware

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