EMPLOYERS AND PUBLIC SECTOR TO CREATE
EMPLOYERS AND PUBLIC SECTOR TO CREATE10,000 APPRENTICESHIP PLACES
At least 10,000 apprenticeships will be created in spite of the contraction in the economy, as the bill which launched the National Apprenticeship Service was announced last week by John Denham and Ed Balls. New Government commitments on procurement are expected to see upwards of 7,000 new apprenticeships in construction, while high street giants released plans for large-scale increases in the numbers of apprenticeships they offer.
Sainsburys, Tesco, Superdrug and Phones 4u have committed to expand massively their numbers of apprentices, to ensure they have the right skills to stay ahead of the competition. Sainsburys has recently quadrupled the number of apprentices across its stores to 465, Tesco will have a further 800, Superdrug plan a further 1,000 while Phones 4u intends to train at least 1,000 apprentices by next April.