Skills For Life – Training Schemes For Your Business

9th April 2024
Paul Brooks

With challenges such as cost-of-living pressures sitting high on the agenda for businesses in 2024, the Skills for Life campaign’s ‘Skills Horizon 2024 Barometer’, has found 64% of SMEs in England are deploying lower-cost recruitment tactics to continue investing in talent.

Businesses considering hiring employees can access a range of government training and employment schemes. Understanding the flexible options available will be important for employers, and the Skills for Life campaign aims to help SMEs understand the schemes available to them, including:

  • Apprenticeships – Available for individuals over the age of 16 and combines on the job training with study. You can offer this opportunity to new or current staff members, allowing you to develop your workforce and business.
  • T Levels: industry placements – Hosting a T Level industry placement gives you early access to the brightest young people and the opportunity to develop your workforce of the future.
  • Skills Bootcamps – Flexible training courses for those aged 19 and over to fast-track specialist skill development, for existing or new talent for your business.
  • Multiply – Free maths courses for your employees who are aged 19 and over. Multiply can help reduce numeracy related mistakes at work, and boost productivity.
  • Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) – Level 4 or 5 qualifications with no work placement but flexible for employees to study while working.

Over the past year, nearly three-quarters of SMEs reported seeing other businesses benefits from available technical education schemes, including the opportunity to shape young talent, upskill existing team members, and address skills gaps in the business.

To find training and employment schemes for your business, as well as support on how to implement these, visit:

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