A BURTON businessman has called on employers to take on more apprentices.
Stuart Hadley, who runs Acorn Home and Garden Services, in Newhall, has praised the value of apprentices.
Mr Hadley spoke out after taking on Jake Piechowicz, an 18-year-old construction apprentice from Burton and South Derbyshire College.
Mr Hadley said: “Jake has been a great addition to the company and I have seen an improvement as he has gained more knowledge and experience.
“It’s important that all companies support the training of young people to stop a serious shortage of skilled labour.
“Apprentices learn a lot on-site and I think all companies should have at least one apprentice.”
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications.
Apprentice, Jake Piechowicz said: “I chose an apprenticeship as I wanted to earn and learn at the same time.
“The apprenticeship has been a great experience and means I’m doing something different every day.
“It’s a great opportunity.”