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Employment in young people – Apprenticeships


The UK currently has around 941,000 young people, aged 16-24, who are unemployed and although this is slightly lower than a year ago, it is still extremely high. Even for those who have been to university, the chances of going straight into employment after are still very small. Employers are looking for candidates with experience to fill their vacancies which being in full-time education is hard to get and with us having employees that have been in this situation, we know how hard it can be.

As schools enter the second half of the academic year and work towards GCSEs and A Levels, there is no wonder the government are approaching employers to create more apprenticeship roles.

Apprenticeships are schemes set up to help young people get the experience they need for the world of employment and to ‘earn as they learn’. There are many companies currently involved in apprenticeship schemes, including The Number4 Group.

We currently have 3 apprentices who have been here varying lengths of time, in roles such as customer service and administration. The companies that are currently involved in apprenticeships cover over 170 different industries and over 1500 various job roles.

Research has shown that once an apprentice has finished their course, around 85% of them will remain in employment, with 64% of these staying with the same employer. It has also been discovered that employers believe that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.

These schemes not only help the apprentice but also the business, with 96% of employers who take on apprentices reporting benefits to their business.


Last year, the Department of Education began rolling out Traineeships as well, which provide skills such as CV writing, interview techniques, work placements and English and Maths training. These are being brought in as a sort of ‘pre-apprenticeship’, which will give participants the necessary skills and experience to be able to get into an apprenticeship and get their feet on the first rung of the employment ladder.

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