The Apprentices

Apprenticeships have a central role to play in helping the landscaping sector maintain and improve business productivity during the economic downturn, according to Lantra in the run up to Apprenticeship Week

Lantra – the Sector Skills Council responsible for ensuring people working in environmental and land-based industries have the right skills to work effectively – said apprenticeships can lead to improved productivity and performance for businesses where they work. Recent research has shown that 77 per cent of employers believe apprenticeships help make them more competitive.

Liz Pridgeon, Standards and Qualifications Development Manager at Lantra, said:
“Apprenticeships give businesses a practical and effective way to develop staff without the need for expensive training courses or taking time away from the work place. There is clear evidence that employers find apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
This in turn helps to reduce staff turnover, boost productivity and leads to higher profitability.

“Employers find apprenticeships give them the edge over their competitors and that can make a massive difference in the current economic climate. During Apprenticeship Week 2009, Lantra are running a number of events around the country for employers to find out more about how they could benefit

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