The ninth annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 14-18 March, with hundreds of events taking place across England.
Ted Salmon, North East Regional Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “High quality apprenticeships are vital to the future of British business, and they are a fantastic way to enable people to gain the skills they need to succeed.
“We hope this year’s National Apprentice Week will lead to more businesses considering taking on an apprentice, and more young people seeking apprenticeships.”
The Government’s 2020 vision for apprenticeships, backed by the FSB, made clear the plan to extend the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) in a bid to encourage more small businesses to engage with apprenticeship schemes.
It currently provides £1,500 of funding for small businesses to support each of their first five apprentices aged 16-24 working towards apprenticeship frameworks, until the end of the 201617 academic year.
Ted Salmon continued: “We know that if a business has a positive experience when taking on their first apprentice, they are much more likely to take on another in the future.”