A partner with a city-based accountancy firm is advising employers to consider the benefits apprenticeships can bring to their business.
Graham Purvis, partner at Robson Laidler in Newcastle, started his own career with the firm on a Youth Training Scheme (YTS) at just 16.
He said: “I started with the firm as a filing clerk in the tax department here and worked my way up through the departments.
“Working each job along the way you get to understand not only the process, but also how everything works which is hugely beneficial.”
Statistics from the Skills Funding Agency show nearly 860,000 young people signed up for apprenticeships in 2012/2013 - 370,000 more than three years ago.
Prime Minister David Cameron has also unveiled plans to introduce new ‘tougher’ apprenticeships which would be graded according to ability and better shaped around the needs of employers in specific sectors, such as aerospace, financial services, food and drink, and life and industrial sciences.
Purvis added: “Many employers recognise the value of taking on apprentices who can learn the valuable skills they need for the job as they work, which, in turn, can provide a real boost for the economy. These latest figures show that apprenticeships are more popular than ever.”