I have noticed over the last year there has been a bit of a sea change in the feedback i have been hearing about apprentices, gone are the moans and groans about young people and their lack of commitment and work ethic. Now I am hearing about how great these youngsters are, ambitious, willing to learn and a great asset to the company. Interesting to see a survey saying that 2/5 of SME's said that they thought apprenticeships gave them access to the best talent.

Perhaps it is time for all of us to open our minds and our businesses to the value of training new staff.