I believe that apprenticeships are vitally important for two reasons, firstly they give young people the opportunity to gain the practical skills they need, and secondly to ensure that the country as a whole can support and grow its manufacturing industry.
The recession first hit while I was at university. I assumed by the time I graduated in 2012 the economy would have recovered. So much for my optimism. I was wrong.
Right now, if the economy was a patient, it would still be in intensive care. Showing positive signs, but still a sick puppy. It will take time to inject enough confidence into the market to ensure that growth is maintained and the economy is truly back on track.
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Thousands of teenagers ran out of their schools and sixth form colleges clutching GCSE and A-Level results last week, many of them excited about what the future holds. But that future is rarely in their hands.
With public trust and optimism in short supply it’s easy to find negative stories about young people. As a generation they’re written off as being ill-equipped for the demands of a working life, let alone a professional one.
Studying through an apprenticeship isn’t for everyone. You’re thrown in the deep end, into the working world, and you either sink or swim.
“I think,” he says, in the tone you’d use if someone was asking you this question a lot, “we’re doing the right thing. There are two million children growing up in this country in households where no one works. There are six or seven million people of working age who, for one reason or another, are on benefits.
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