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Supporting Apprenticeships for SMEs

Subsea UK is launching a new service designed to help smaller companies take on apprentices.

Subsea UK has put together a support service package which will help ease the complexity and give some financial support in the cost of taking on and developing apprentices.

The support scheme, which can be tailored to suit the specific needs of individual companies, addresses the key areas highlighted by SMEs which inhibit businesses from taking on apprentices. These include the recruitment process, construction of education and training plans, setting clear roles and responsibilities for on-the-job training, conducting assessments, and paying apprentices a training allowance.

Subsea UK CEO Neil Gordon said: "Our research showed us that most SMEs turn to training providers for support, but we found this had its own complications, due to the different provisions available across Scotland and England.

"After a survey of members, Subsea UK has determined that the most effective approach is to offer a one-to-one consultancy service to individual companies, rather than producing generic guidance which is already available through the likes of Skills Development Scotland and the Skills Funding Agency in England.”

Subsea UK is offering to work directly with companies to make sure that there is an alignment with their business’ specific needs, and funding support may be available for companies who apply.

If you feel an apprenticeship scheme would be a worthwhile addition to your business and you would like support making this happen please email Subsea UK for further information: