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New Routes to Recruitment with Apprenticeships

Tuesday, 30 October 2012
By: Matthew

Aspiring recruitment professionals will be able to take new advanced and higher apprenticeships after the UK Commission for Employment and Skills approved our bid.

The introduction of recruitment apprenticeships for England and Wales will provide a natural progression pathway into, and through, the recruitment sector and will equip new and existing recruitment professionals with skills to excel in the sector.

The new apprenticeships will offer employers a cost-effective method of developing recruitment skills, knowledge and staff competencies. By combining on and off-the-job learning, apprentices will develop insights into the recruitment industry and apply their knowledge in their roles.

Our Chief Executive, Jenny Hewell, said: “We are thrilled that we can start work on developing the first recruitment apprenticeships. These accessible higher-level development programmes will enable aspiring recruitment professionals to enter the thriving recruitment sector, develop skills, professionalism and career aspirations.

“The apprenticeships will also be valued by existing recruitment professionals who want to further develop their recruitment skills to a higher level. Apprenticeships give learners an opportunity to earn while they learn and gain professional qualifications that are highly valued by the industry.”

The advanced and higher apprenticeships will be developed in collaboration with the recruitment industry, including the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) who joined our partnership in September.

A broad range of stakeholders and recruitment employers have expressed their support for the development of the recruitment apprenticeships. They will all be actively engaged in the development process to make sure the apprenticeships meet the needs of employers.

“We look forward to working with our partners REC and other stakeholders to develop these robust, industry led apprenticeships. With the UK recruitment and staffing market currently worth £24.7 billion and employing over 90,000 individuals, this is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to further benefit the economy and respond to employer demands for recruitment skills.”

REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “It’s a huge privilege for the REC to work on the first ever apprenticeship in recruitment. The apprenticeship will ensure a bright future for the recruitment industry and our standards of service and professionalism can be greatly enhanced by a systematic approach to attracting and developing the people who chose to become recruiters.     

“We’ve had very enthusiastic support for this project from REC members, who are among the UK’s largest recruiters, and we will work with all interested parties to make this a significant development for the recruitment industry.”

We have begun to develop the apprenticeships and will be consulting with recruitment businesses and professionals to make sure the apprenticeships are designed by, and for, employers.

To help support the development of the apprenticeship and make sure it meets your organisation’s needs, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest. 


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