Small businesses from across England feature in the Get In Go Far campaign, which aims to help more young people get their foot in the door at leading companies across the country.

The campaign from DfE aims to increase the number of apprenticeships offered in England. However new activity, launched on 22nd February, focuses more on the employer as many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are yet to be convinced of the benefits of taking on an apprentice.

SME Hydram in Chilton began delivering its own engineering apprenticeship programme in 2011 and has around 2000 employees. Apprenticeships have since become an integral part of the business, with a training centre dedicated to skilling up new recruits. Sophy, featured in our Techicians Make it Happen campaign, trained as an apprentice with Hydram. Two years later she was accepted as a full time Welding Technician.

Recent analysis also shows that SMEs are set to recruit 202,000 new apprentices in the next 12 months. To reinforce positive messages, the campaign draws on compelling stats which reveal the benefits of hiring an apprentice, as 3 out of 4 SMEs report increased productivity after hiring.

The campaign is launched in advance of a new ‘STEP’ funding offer that will be available to SMEs from 1 May 2017.

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