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Manufacturers called upon to help create the next generation of innovators

Make UK is calling on manufacturers to help create the next generation of innovators, as more than 2,500 young people wait for a suitable manufacturer to sponsor them.

From the beginning of August, the government will pay employers £2,000 for every new apprentice aged 18-24 they take into their business, with a £1,500 bonus for companies which hire apprentices aged 25 and over.

Make UK can offer training for the whole ‘pathway of success’, taking new employees from unskilled and straight from school at trainee level, through apprenticeship levels 1, 2 and 3 – and all the way to a full university degree. Employers have cited a lack of relevant and accessible training provision as a major barrier to having an apprentice in the past. But now Make UK can deliver training digitally, making it even easier for young people around the country to access its high-quality training remotely, regardless of where they are based.

Make UK has a list of over 2,500 young people waiting for a suitable manufacturer to sponsor their apprenticeship – a government incentive will pay up to £2,000 for each apprentice a manufacturer takes on / Picture: Getty/iStock


Stephen Mitchell, director of apprentices and technical training, Make UK said: “What better time is there to do this and create new apprenticeship opportunities within your business. We have a list of over 2,500 young people clamouring for the chance to do an apprenticeship, but we are unable to find a company to sponsor them through the course, so they are unable to start. There is definitely the demand from talented young people desperate to start a career in engineering, but we need more companies to take up this challenge.

“Make UK is able to help businesses secure all the funding available, taking a burden away from them and making the process easy for them. Engineering is a well-paid profession, with some of the brightest young minds waiting for their chance to become the next generation of innovators and creators, taking the very latest technologies back to their parent companies.”

Almost three-quarters of manufacturers are offering apprenticeships already and almost half continued with their apprenticeships throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Since Make UK opened its state-of-the art technology hub in 2013, it has trained 1,700 apprentices, with females accounting for 10% of the 2019/20 intake.

Companies can get in touch via or call 0121 331 1930 for more information.

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