QES focus on apprenticeship

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The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is hoping to gain a better understanding of the apprenticeship market in Cornwall by adding a question to its Quarterly Economic Survey (QES).

The QES is Britain’s biggest and longest-running private business survey. The results are analysed and used by the Cornwall Chamber at a local level, and nationally through the British Chambers of Commerce.

For the Q2 survey – which is currently running, the chamber has added two additional questions on apprenticeships to find out how many businesses are considering taking on an apprentice in the near future.

Businesses are being asked whether they currently have an apprentice and whether they are planning to take on an apprentice (or another apprentice) within the next three months, or within the next six months.

Sally Foard, director of development and adult learning at The Cornwall College Group – the biggest provider of apprenticeships in the south west, said: “Hiring an apprentice can help a business to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workplace.

“An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.”

According to Cornwall Apprenticeships, apprentices delivered over £1.8 billion in net benefits to UK organisations last year, meaning that the value they generate far exceeds wages and training costs.

The Cornwall QES results will be published on the Cornwall Chamber website from July 1.

To participate in the survey, click here.