Business and Employers

Local shopping centreAlthough the current economic climate has led to a reduction in the number of apprenticeships in certain sectors, most notably construction, overall there has been a growth in apprenticeships over the last few years.

  • since 2010, there have been over 2m apprenticeship starts in England
  • more than 850,000 people have been earning and learning on an apprenticeship in 2013 to 2014
  • there were 1.4m online applications in 2012 to 2013

(Source: Skills Funding Agency, which is responsible for the National Apprenticeship Service, March 2015).

Issues recruiting younger workers

Often, however, companies, particularly small, medium and micro-enterprises, do not know how to go about taking on apprentices. While there are initiatives and financial incentives to recruit young people and develop existing staff, businesses say they find it difficult to navigate their way around the available help and would welcome advice on accessing grants, funding for training and other support. Read about all our services to business (431kb PDF)

The Government has acted on the call from organisations such as the CBI to improve young people's employability skills, by setting up the Careers and Enterprise Company, the careers advice firm that recruits volunteers from the business community. It will ensure business has a greater involvement in education to enable students to:

  • raise their awareness of the world of work
  • gain skills to allow them to make a successful transition
  • make a valuable contribution to the future labour market

Recruitline – expert help with apprentice recruitment

At C&K Careers, we offer a Recruitline service, specialising in the recruitment of 16 to 19 year olds, which is a one-stop shop for information and advice on employing apprentices. We work closely with the National Apprenticeship Service and in 2011/12 handled 840 vacancies for local businesses and training providers.

We save businesses time, money and hassle:

Advertising apprenticeship vacancies free of charge

Showcasing vacancies in schools and colleges, in our careers centres and on our ckcareersonline website

Matching vacancies to 16 to 19 year old apprenticeship seekers

Sourcing and linking up businesses with appropriate training providers

Supporting businesses at all stages of the selection process by ensuring recruitment advertising is accurate and likely to attract a strong field of candidates, screening applications, assisting with shortlisting and helping at interviews

Advising on grants for apprenticeship and government funding for training, and signposting to other potential sources of support and funding

Linking education with business

We have been delivering high quality education and business activities since 1995. We organise up to 8,000 work experience placements a year, along with careers education events and activities in schools and colleges, and visits to industry and training providers for students, advisers and teachers.

Bringing education and business closer together delivers many benefits:

  • Students gain an insight into the world of work.
  • Schools and colleges update their knowledge of industry requirements, employment skills and workplace developments.
  • Businesses and training providers use work experience placements to identify potential apprentices.
  • Employers develop different perspectives by having a young person on site.
  • Employees learn new skills by working with and mentoring young people.

"I would just like to say what a tremendous team you have at C&K Careers. You are extremely efficient at posting our engineering apprenticeship vacancies on your website and keeping us informed. At Kirklees College, we have had a fantastic success rate with applications from your adverts, and I see no reason why the success should not continue. I would be happy to recommend C&K Careers for recruitment requirements.”
Learning and Assessment Coordinator, Engineering Department, Kirklees College

"It’s been great to have [E] working here with us. She made a positive contribution to the team throughout this week and worked on several projects that have contributed to the company. It’s been an absolute pleasure having her working with us. I wish her all the best for the future and am confident she will be very successful.”
Business Analysis Officer, Major high street bank

For further information:

Contact: John, Work-based Services Manager
Call:  01484 225500
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