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Apprenticeships a launch pad for young peoples careers

Apprenticeships a launch pad for young peoples careers
In light of the public sector cuts, employees exhaled a sigh of relief when the latest unemployment figures revealed that there were continued signs of recovery in the labour market.  The Office of National Statistics advised there was another fall in the number of people out of work the new unemployment rate now at 7.8 per cent.
Whilst this is comforting news for some, not all industry sectors are as confident and are yet to benefit from a steady increase in jobs.  This is the case for young people and Kevin Green, the RECs Chief Executive says that, there are major challenges facing specific groups of jobseekers for example young people (who are) looking to break into one of the most competitive labour markets in recent times.
Companies have acknowledged this and are becoming involved in Apprenticeship schemes to harness fresh talent, often at a fraction of the cost.  The Government is providing businesses and young people support by offering funding and training via specialist learning providers.
Office support recruiter, Tate, has contributed by recently employing six young apprentices to join their London based team.  The Apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills and off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.
Commenting on the recent recruits, Jo Edwards, Tates Managing Director said:
Unemployment for 18 to 24 year olds was 728,000 in the three months to July 2010, representing approximately 30 per cent of the unemployed population overall within the UK.  Collectively businesses can make a difference to provide this generation with tangible skills to act as a launch pad for their careers.  Tates Apprentices are motivated and eager to learn and the value of their contribution has already been realised.  I am pleased that there are also further opportunities for Apprentices to work within Tates regional offices.
More and more companies are employing apprentices and recognising the benefits of preparing skilled workers for their companys future. In fact earlier research conducted by Populus revealed that 77 per cent of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive and 57 per cent report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company.


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