National Apprenticeship Week: DTL in Evening Standard
16 March 2016
Chris Wood, CEO of Develop Training Ltd (DTL) has been featured in the Evening Standard discussing National Apprenticeship Week.
Chris appeared alongside Dave Prentis, General Secretary for Unison, and Gillian Cain of the Construction Industry Training Board, and championed the advantages of the Trailblazer Apprenticeship model:
"This week UK businesses are marking National Apprenticeship Week and it is vital for utility industries to consider how they will combat the potentially catastrophic skills gap which is likely to affect us all.
In recent decades apprenticeships have been underused and consequently have failed to address the UK’s dearth of much-needed skills. One of the factors behind this decline is that apprenticeships have been increasingly removed from the influence of employers. I would urge employers to consider Trailblazer apprenticeships, recently established by the Government, which return to the historical approach of on-the-job training. The ability to train key members of staff, realise clear business outcomes and understand their return on investment would be heightened considerably.
Investing in the next generation of skilled workers is of paramount importance and I believe this approach can make a significant contribution in this regard."
The above extract was originally published by the Evening Standard on 15 March 2016. The full article can be read here: http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/letters/letters-to-the-editor-uk-workforce-needs-apprentices-a3204101.html