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REC promotes apprenticeships at high growth sector skills summit

REC promotes apprenticeships at high growth sector skills summit

The REC gave recruiters a preview of the new higher and advanced level apprenticeships in recruitment at a skills summit for high growth sectors hosted earlier today with the Telegraph Media Group in London.

The event brought together employers and recruiters working in technology, engineering, life sciences and the creative industries, with government and industry representatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities for economic growth through skills development. Speakers included Shadow Minister for Employment Stephen Timms MP and Michael Davis, CEO of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Speaking after the half-day event REC CEO Kevin Green said:“One of the biggest challenges for our economy is the disconnect between the expertise employers are looking for and the skills jobseekers have to offer.  Apprenticeships are a great way to encourage young people onto career paths where we know there’s a need for fresh talent, including in our own recruitment industry.”

Other leading experts on apprenticeships also attended the summit and gave their verdict on the REC’s new apprenticeships in recruitment.

Rob Wall, Head of Education and Employment Policy, CBI said:“The UK needs more high quality apprenticeships, particularly those at higher levels, to raise skills levels across the workforce and help us remain competitive for years to come. Business-led solutions, like the REC’s level three and four recruitment apprenticeships, are the best way to link training with the needs of industry and support people into good careers.”

Peter Cheese, CEO, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said:“Apprenticeships offer a real alternative to university and are growing in recognition and importance. We need all professions and areas of business to embrace them and to provide the frameworks and programmes that encourage young people to follow the apprenticeship route to develop opportunities and careers, which is good for them and good for business. That's why we are pleased to see that the REC is rolling out a brand new apprenticeship in recruitment." 

Richard Marsh, Director of Employer Engagement, National Apprenticeship Service said:“The National Apprenticeship Service is delighted to support today’s preview of the REC apprenticeships in recruitment.  Apprenticeships have been shown to improve a company's bottom line through motivated new talent and so we are pleased to see that the REC is introducing apprenticeships for their industry." 

Charles Elvin, CEO, Institute of Leadership and Management said:"Experience has shown us that apprentices are the business leaders of the future. Just look at John Frieda, Jamie Oliver and Sir Alex Ferguson. This is why we are delighted to support the REC apprenticeships in recruitment as a great way of developing the future managers and leaders for the recruitment industry."

Rod Kenyon, Director, Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network added:"It was great to be at today's preview of the apprenticeships in recruitment by the REC, sharing our experience of how apprenticeships really help employers deliver on their business objectives. The benefits of apprenticeships are numerous, including increased productivity, greater staff retention and more highly motivated workforces.”

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