School leaver proposal could have big impact on SMEs

The government's recent education proposals regarding those under the age of 18 could have a very big impact on small companies, the Federation of Small Business (FSB) has said.


The government’s recent education proposals regarding those under the age of 18 could have a very big impact on small companies, the Federation of Small Business (FSB) has said.

The government’s recent education proposals regarding those under the age of 18 could have a very big impact on small companies, the Federation of Small Business (FSB) has said.

If approved, the proposals will mean that anyone under the age of 18 will either have to be in education or in formal training.

FSB spokesman Simon Briault believes that this will be more consequential to those who are managing a small business than to schools because many of them will want to get the training they do accredited but could face a lot of bureaucracy.

In addition, he noted that the cost of small firms providing training does not appear to have been accounted for.

He says: ‘We think what might happen is that a lot of employers will want to get the training that they already do accredited so that they can keep their employees on site and get them learning on the job. The process of getting the training you provide accredited can be very bureaucratic so there is an added worry there.

‘(Ed Balls) said they were going to make it that everyone that wants an apprenticeship should be able to have one, but there’s no real back up or detail about how they are going to deliver that. There was also no formal promise of help for small employers to meet any costs of these things.’

Some 40 per cent of UK workers have a formal qualification such as an NVQ and last year businesses, including many SMEs, spent £33 billion on staff training.

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