FSB publishes “Fit for the Future” Report

FSB has published the Fit for the Future: Making the Apprenticeship System Work for Small Businesses, its latest report on apprenticeships.  The report examines the impact of the recent apprenticeship reforms on small businesses. Key excerpts include:

  • Small firms that employed apprentices before and after the 2017 reforms, over a quarter (27%) say the reforms have had a negative impact on their business.
  • Recruiting an apprentice (42%), management time (29%) and the 20 per cent off-the-job training (24%) were seen as the three biggest challenges when engaging with apprenticeships
  • Since the introduction of the reforms, apprenticeship numbers have remained lower than pre-reform levels, particularly Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeship starts which are often undertaken by young people beginning their careers.

To view the full report click here.