Commenting on the new requirement from the 1 September 2015 for businesses bidding for government contracts to demonstrate a clear commitment to apprenticeships, Adam Marshall, Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce said: 

“Everyone wants to see more high quality apprenticeship places being created but adding red tape and bureaucracy to government procurement opportunities isn’t the way to make it happen. 

“Small and medium size businesses in particular would view this as yet another hoop they have to jump through in the already complex world of doing business with the public sector. 

“Businesses up and down Britain agree that the best way to increase the number of apprenticeships is to focus relentlessly on their quality, and by ensuring that they are viewed as positively as academic qualifications by employers.”



Notes to editors: 

The BCC is also publishing a story on Tuesday 1 September announcing that it will deliver 250 Your Future career events across England, in partnership with the Skills Funding Agency. 

These events will put 70,000 young people directly in touch with local businesses, to improve the quality of careers advice they receive and help them to prepare for careers where there is actual demand, whether that is through an apprenticeship, further training or higher education route.  

Media contacts: 

Natasha Downes – Press Officer

020 7654 5817 / 07768458077


Chris McIntyre - Press Officer

020 7654 5813 / 07825 746 812


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