Views on apprentices wanted

Your views on apprenticeships wanted
With National Apprenticeship week running from 7th – 11th February and the coalition Government putting apprenticeships at the heart of their skills strategy, the NFU is keen to hear your views on apprenticeships.  Whether or not you use apprenticeships we need to hear your views on this entry route into farming.
The coalition Government is clearly keen to put apprenticeships at the heart of its skills strategy.  The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has announced that the budget for apprenticeships will increase to more than £1,400m in 2011 to 2012.  They are also looking to improve the programme with opportunities for apprentices to receive greater recognition for completing their programmes.
While apprenticeships are only one of a range of entry opportunities into farming, with the increased investment from Government they could become more important in attracting and encouraging young people interested in a career in agriculture and horticulture.  The NFU are therefore running a survey to find more out about the knowledge and awareness of apprenticeships within agriculture and the possible barriers to take up.  Your feedback will inform our discussions with Defra, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lantra amongst other industry bodies.
The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete, and all responses will be anonymous.
Please click here to complete the survey