Government announces apprenticeship review for small firms

Renowned jeweller Jason Holt to lead investigation

The government has launched a review with the aim of helping small firms take on apprentices.

The employer-led review will headed by Jason Holt, a renowned jeweller and founder of Holts Academy of Jewellery, a non-profit training school in central London.

Holt and his team will sample the views of entrepreneurs around the country, in the hope of finding ways to raise awareness of the government’s new apprenticeship programme.

The review team will also explore ways to slash the red tape which currently deters many employers from taking on apprentices, and create a dedicated small business team at the National Apprenticeship Service.

The review was announced by skills minister John Hayes, who said:

“I am delighted Mr Holt has agreed to lead this review. His experience, both as a business man and through running a training academy, gives him invaluable insight into the needs of both small businesses and apprentices.

“I want to ensure that small businesses can enjoy the multitude of benefits that apprentices can offer a company – including improved productivity and the chance to build a better-skilled and dedicated workforce. This review will play a vital role in achieving that aim.”

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