Bridlington MP Sir Greg Knight says new apprentices have given a £1.7m boost to businesses in East Yorkshire – and he is calling for more local businesses to take one on.
When a local company hires an apprentice they get an average earnings boost of £1,972. This happens immediately, while the apprentice is being trained, and represents the benefit after typical wage and training costs for the area are deducted.
Last year, 840 people started an apprenticeship in East Yorkshire. This means that new apprentices alone provided a local boost of around £1,656,000 in 2012/13.
However, Sir Greg said: “Although the number of apprentices has been increasing rapidly, this survey shows that 60% of small businesses are missing out because they have not taken on an apprentice. Many assume that they are difficult to administer and will involve a short-term cost.
“If they don’t have one already, every local business in East Yorkshire should consider employing an apprentice.
“By giving young people a chance, they will also be boosting their business. The benefit here of £1.7m has made a real difference to the local economy, and that’s just from apprentices who began last year. Apprenticeship numbers have now doubled, with the Government making it a key priority. It’s great news for each local apprentice, great for our businesses and helps economic growth.”
Research commissioned by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), which has pioneered apprenticeships in accounting, confirms the benefits of taking on an apprentice.
The Chief Executive of AAT, Jane Scott Paul, welcomed the MP’s comments. She said: “I am delighted that Sir Greg Knight MP is encouraging more companies to employ an apprentice. Far from being a cost, apprentices bring benefits straight away.
“It’s really important that employers know there are apprenticeships for all shapes and sizes, including those in non-traditional sectors like accounting and law. That’s how apprentices boosted UK firms by £1.8 billion last year.”
Apprenticeships also have the backing of Prime Minister, David Cameron, who recently said: “Delivering the best skills is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan for Britain. More apprenticeships mean more opportunities for young people, giving them financial security and Britain a better future.”