Bring back the apprentices, adviser says

Manufacturers must take their share of the blame for the skills shortages facing industry, according to a senior recruitment consultant. Simon Roberts, a consultant at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, which specialises in manufacturing industry, said the decline in apprenticeships in recent years was contributing heavily to the lack of skilled employees. `Companies are saying there is […]

Manufacturers must take their share of the blame for the skills shortages facing industry, according to a senior recruitment consultant.

Simon Roberts, a consultant at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, which specialises in manufacturing industry, said the decline in apprenticeships in recent years was contributing heavily to the lack of skilled employees.

`Companies are saying there is a skills shortage – of course there is, they haven’t been training them,’ he said.

Roberts claimed former apprentices who have built up experience in areas such as programmable logic control can now command salaries of up to £40,000.

He said young people were often attracted to the prospect of studying for an engineering degree, but many leave university with no skills or experience and having failed to get good grades. Instead they would have been better off joining a formal HNC apprenticeship – if they could find one – and gaining a good specialist skills base.

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