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A study commissioned by the Local Government Association, established that 42% of all apprenticeships created in the last five years went to people ages over 25 years old.  It stated the current policy enabled businesses to train accomplished workers rather than unemployed young people.

The government said the number of young people not in employment, education or training was at its lowest in the decade, however, it has sworn to create a further three million apprenticeships before the close of Parliament in 2020. 

The report, by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), and the Local Government Association (LGA), established 67% of intermediate skilled apprentices were already hired by their company when they were given their apprenticeships.

The study as well, said demand for apprenticeships, especially amongst young people had soared, with one million people applying for 85,000 vacancies last year.

In 2013-14 under 19s applied for 57% of the advertised apprenticeships, however, only 27% were given to them, whereas over 25s made up 7% of the applications, yet occupied 37% of the vacancies.

The study’s authors said the government needed to tackle substantial regeneration of the apprenticeship system, which they stated was failing to get to grips with stubbornly high levels of youth unemployment.

A high caliber apprenticeship system could be utilized to combat youth unemployment, and push higher productivity, however, the system we presently have is failing to deliver.

It needs to be steered in a direction where it gives our teens a chance, and an advantage in the workplace.  It’s actually a no brainer.   If you give an apprenticeship to a young person who is straight out of school, you don’t have to be a bright spark to learn a trade.  

If one is shown how to do the job, one will finally pick it up, and become really adept at it.  We’re all human beings, and we have the knowledge to do things when demonstrated, and that’s worth more money than money itself, to be part of something, and to feel significant enough that someone wants to show us, and make us part of something important.

It’s not always about the wages that we’re going to get at the end of it, it’s about job gratification, and being in the right job for that person, because if we’re not happy in our working environment, then we don’t work to the best of our ability. 

Our children are our future, so we should throw out all the regulations we have now, and centralise on those that are going to make England a better place, if only we gave them a chance, because our children are leaving school with nothing to go on to, and consequently they’re becoming disappointed and bored which is marring their self respect. 

There’s a large gap between the function apprenticeships should have in our economic system, and how they’re being used in practice.  The bulk of apprentices are being used to train older people, and those who are already employed at their company, rather than taking on young people that are out of work.

There are far too many young people that are not in work, and there should be efforts to alter this, by taking on more young apprentices.  It might be tighter on finances, however, the government keeps harping on about unemployment data, and how we must get more people back into employment, so therefore, they should put their hands in their pockets and come up with a programme, and the plan should be to get more young people back into work by tendering an apprenticeship through companies.

It should not be an option for companies to take on apprentices so that they are able to learn a trade. It should be compulsory that businesses take on apprentices.  The hypothesis is, that more young people would be in employment, and that would give them more self respect, instead of thinking, because they can’t obtain employment, that they are unworthy, which induces more problems than it’s worth.


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