Lack of understanding limits apprenticeship take-up in justice and safety sectors

A lack of understanding from employers in the justice and community safety sectors is limiting the take up of apprenticeships, according to research by Skills for Justice.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014A lack of understanding from employers in the justice and community safety sectors is limiting the take up of apprenticeships, according to research by Skills for Justice.

Findings show that at least 63% of employers in these sectors do not employ apprentices, often due to little or no understanding of who is eligible for an apprenticeship or how much it would cost their business.

With National Apprenticeship Week taking place 3-7 March 2014 (next week), the study found that this lack of understanding is preventing more than half of employers within the justice sector from taking on apprentices.

Jon Parry, head of research at Skills for Justice, says: “Gone are the days when apprenticeships were limited to manual trades. Now there are more than 200 different types of apprenticeships, covering a diverse range of careers including law enforcement, legal services, and fire and rescue services.”

Skills for Justice was heavily involved in the launch of the levels 3 and 4 Apprenticeships in Legal Services in 2013 and the pilot of the UK’s first Home Office Policing Apprenticeship, which is currently ongoing.

The organisation has also developed an Apprenticeship Guidance Toolkit for employers in the justice and community safety sectors.

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