A THIRD of businesses in the south east plan to take on apprentices in the next five years, according to new research.
The study of 600 businesses also reveals that one-fifth of businesses in the region plan to take on one or more apprentices in the next 12 months alone.
Around a third of those businesses that plan to take on apprentices say this is because they are a core part of their growth strategy.
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, said: ‘It’s good to see that employers are increasingly recognising the value apprentices can bring to their businesses.
‘Apprentices are now a key and valued part of the workforce for most businesses large or small.
‘Given the grants available to help small businesses take on apprentices, it’s especially good that so many SMEs are embracing apprenticeships.’