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Employers planning to recruit more Apprentices double

March 11, 2013

Since 2011, almost double the number of employers in Chester and Ellesmere Port are planning to increase the number of Apprentices in their organisation.

The findings, revealed in a bi-annual survey released by West Cheshire College, showed that 50 per cent of employers are planning to increase the number of Apprentices in their organisation, compared to just 28 per cent of employers in 2011.

The Apprenticeships ‘Good for Business’ Survey 2013, conducted to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (11-15 March), highlights the key benefits for employers who recruit Apprentices.

Other findings from the survey include 92 per cent of employers agree that Apprentices will continue to play a vital role within their business this year (up from 82 per cent in 2011). Plus, 75 per cent agree that they hope to develop and train their future managers through Apprenticeships.

The survey also found that 59 per cent of employers agree that Apprenticeships help to introduce innovative new ideas within their organisation, compared to 44 per cent in the 2011 survey.

Warren Beatty, Director at Maxiflow Ltd in Chester, said: “We have a construction Apprentice working for us, who is a vital part of our business.

“Our Apprentice is hard working, enthusiastic and brings new ideas to the business.

“The Apprenticeship scheme has been a positive experience for us and we want to extend and appoint more this year.”

Craig Warburton, owner of Port Tyres & Autocare Ltd in Ellesmere Port, said: “We currently have two Apprentices through West Cheshire College, who bring so much to the company.

“I would definitely recommend other businesses to appoint Apprentices. When starting out in our industry, it is best to have hands-on experience, so doing an Apprenticeship is the best way to start a career.

“Having Apprentices has strengthened our business and was one of the contributing factors which helped us to win our UK Independent Garage of Excellence Award in 2012.

“Many members of staff here started out as an Apprentice and it is an ideal way to train your future workforce.”

Steve Bridge, Head of Business Account Team at West Cheshire College, said: “Apprenticeships play a vital role in the development and future success of an organisation.

“The results of the survey clearly show that employers value Apprenticeships as they bring a lot to an organisation and are an ideal way to train their future workforce.”

West Cheshire College currently has over 740 Apprentices working across a wide variety of sectors including logistics, retail, financial services, engineering, creative and digital media, manufacturing, IT, pharmaceutical, hospitality and leisure, automotive and health and social care for businesses ranging from SMEs to large organisations.

For more information on recruiting an Apprentice, employers are invited to attend The Apprenticeships ‘Good for Business’ Conference on Tuesday 12 March between 3-5pm at the College’s Chester Campus, Eaton Road, Chester. To book your free place at the event call Sarah Wilson on 01244 656417 or email

For information on becoming an Apprentice, visit the College’s Careers Open Evening on Thursday 14 March from 3-7pm at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus, off Sutton Way or contact the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit

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