IT apprentices provide a solution to current skills shortage



The pandemic has brought the skills shortage into sharp focus

Kate Shoesmith, deputy chief executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation states:

‘’With demand spiking, the skills and labour shortages that already existed in the UK have come into sharper focus – and Covid has only made them worse’’

The government and organisations are now being called to help tackle and overcome these skills shortages.

IT apprenticeships provide a solution to the skills shortage

Technology will play a crucial role in encouraging post-pandemic economic recovery. Therefore, to keep up with the digital acceleration, young people must be made aware of the importance of IT and future career opportunities in the digital sector. IT apprenticeships offer a way to combat this worrying trend and include both on-the-job and off-the-job training. To help ensure adults can gain new skills and qualifications, beginning on the 1st April 2021 until the 30th of September 2021, employers can receive a £3,000 incentive for hiring an apprentice. This is regardless of the apprentice’s age. This is in addition to the £1,000 payment for hiring apprentices between 16-18. Employers could receive £4,000.

The Government is set to introduce a £7 million fund from July 2021 to help employers in England set up and expand portable apprenticeships. This will help support apprentices working on multiple projects with different employers.

A new Help to Grow scheme will be introduced to offer a digital and management boost to up to 130,000 companies across the UK. 

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