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Unite launches national apprenticeship scheme

Unite launches national apprenticeship scheme

Unite, the UK’s largest union, has today (Thursday, 9 February) launched the Unite Apprenticeship Scheme that has been especially developed to ensure people from disadvantaged backgrounds are given apprenticeship opportunities.

Launched at the TUC today, during National Apprenticeship Week, the Unite Apprentice Scheme will aim to broaden the range of employment opportunities for young people and assist them getting to grips with the running of the UK’s largest union. Unite is partnering with the National Apprenticeship Service to design a scheme which will be open to people aged over 16 years old.

Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said:

“With youth unemployment at a record high, we hope this scheme will go some way to help develop their skills by providing them with training and further development opportunities in a supportive learning environment.

“Leading by example, Unite is seeking to reduce this record level of youth unemployment and through this scheme, we want to raise the aspirations and hopes of these unemployed people. We aim to target people from disadvantaged backgrounds with a view to give them the confidence and necessary skills needed.

“This scheme is very much in line with Unite's recent proposals to government that states the UK desperately needs more skilled workers to avoid skills shortages in the future.”

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