Barclays backs social media apprenticeships

Apprentices could add £4.4billion to the UK economy every year if companies conformed to best practice, say business experts.

According to a recent study by Barclays, the UK would reap the benefits if industries were to raise the proportion of apprentices in their workforce to 2.2 per cent – the same proportion as currently within administration and support services.

In addition to its own commitment to take on 2,000 apprentices by the end of 2015, Barclays has also joined our very own advisory panel at The Juice Academy.

Our panel already includes a wide variety of industry experts, including Chris Sheffield, MD of, William Lees-Jones, MD of JW Lees, Amanda Coleman, head of corporate communications at Greater Manchester Police, and Scott Jefferson, marketing director at Pets at Home.

Joining the panel, David Parr from Barclays Corporate Banking in Manchester, said: “Apprenticeships are growing in profile, but we know there is potential for some industries to take on more and deliver dramatic benefit to both our economy and young people.

“Becoming a member of the advisory panel at The Juice Academy is an exciting