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Jane Jackson's Solihull Chamber column

THE latest Government proposal to hit our streets is a national traineeship programme.

THE latest Government proposal to hit our streets is a national traineeship programme.

Traineeships would help the large number of young people who have left education in recent years, without the basic skills needed to get into a skilled job or an apprenticeship. But unless basic work skills are taught and learnt from primary school onwards, both in the classroom and at home, we will forever be remediating the mistakes of the past and missing out on economic growth.

Solihull Chamber of Commerce is continuously working with local schools through the Partnership in Education Programme, which brings business and education together. At our regular meetings, schools have told us they are desperate to make connections with businesses but unfortunately companies are not coming forward.

Here is the ideal opportunity to shape your future workforce. Here too is the chance to let schools know what skills are important to your business which will make recruitment a lot easier. It is also the chance to work with a school to recruit an apprentice. Many businesses tell us that apprenticeships are the starting point for boosting productivity and efficiency. Apprenticeships also develop the very latest skills sets, drive business growth and workforce motivation.

If you as an employer would like to work with a school local to you, please contact me on 0121 781 7384.

 

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