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REC hosts Apprenticeships Roundtable with Chair of BIS Select Committee, Adrian Bailey MP

REC hosts Apprenticeships Roundtable with Chair of BIS Select Committee, Adrian Bailey MP

The REC brought a delegation of recruiters to Parliament this week to discuss apprenticeships and to showcase the industry’s role in this area. Discussions confirmed that there are significant opportunities for agencies to make a real difference.

Hosted by Adrian Bailey MP, the roundtable session provided an opportunity for REC members to highlight the important role they are already playing by hosting apprentices directly and advocating the value of apprenticeships to their clients. The National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) and several training providers involved in apprenticeship qualifications also joined the discussion.

Participants stressed the importance of agencies taking on their own apprentices as a way of bringing young people into the industry. This will help raise the profile of recruitment as a profession of choice and ties in with industry initiatives such as the new Diploma in Recruitment Practice and the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) which provide a clear career route-way.

Other key themes of the session were the need to make it easy for employers of all sizes to start apprenticeship programmes, and for schools and businesses to forge closer ties to support this. REC members also expressed concern about the quality of careers advice young people receive, and many are engaging directly with local schools through the Youth Employment Charter initiative. Discussions also focused on how recruiters can provide added value to clients by offering expert advice and support on how to take on apprentices.

Gillian Econopouly, the REC’s Head of Policy, said,

“This session offered REC members the chance to showcase their current involvement with apprenticeships and engage directly with Adrian Bailey MP in his role as chair of the influential BIS Select Committee. The event came at an ideal time to inform the Committee's forthcoming enquiry into apprenticeships, which will begin formally in the New Year.

“We are grateful for Mr Bailey's willingness to host this session, and for his interest in the role our industry is playing in tackling youth unemployment. We will continue to drive this agenda alongside our members, in particular through the REC's Youth Employment Charter.”

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