The National Apprenticeship Service is working on behalf of Government to improve the career prospects of young people in 2012 through more high quality Apprenticeships.

The Government is investing heavily in Apprenticeships for young unemployed adults aged 16 – 24 year olds through a number of initiatives that will encourage smaller firms to employ their first apprentice.

We are funding thousands of Apprenticeships up to degree equivalent to enable employers to secure the advanced skills most critical for their growth with even more High Apprenticeships being developed in sectors such as construction, engineering, insurance and financial services.

Karen Woodward, Divisional Apprenticeship Director, covering the East Midlands, said “Investing in skills is central to our country’s drive to boost business and productivity and make the UK more competitive.

"We have expanded the number of Advanced Apprenticeships and the degree level Higher Apprenticeships for young people opening up another route to employment and higher education other than through pure academic study.

"The quality of our frameworks, qualifications, employers and learning providers is our priority.”

She added: “We are constantly working with local employers to engage them in offering quality Apprenticeship vacancies, in order to give our young people the career path of their choice.”

Apprenticeships deliver strong benefits for apprentices, employers and the wider economy. Around 450,000 new apprentices started last year and over 50,000 workplaces recruited an apprentice for the first time.

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