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The Apprentice

The Government has announced a package of measures that cut red tape for employers that may help get more apprentices into the workplace, 

Under the measures, employers that contract directly with the Government will benefit from simpler payments, reporting and assessments. They'll also receive guidance to help them manage recruitment and training of apprentices.

The plans will be trialled first with 20 large employers and include greater use of online filing, a streamlined certification process, a commitment to no 'in year' changes to the arrangements and an online toolkit for employers.

Whilst some might see apprenticeships as a means of exploitation - 16 to 18 year olds only receive £2.50 an hour for the first year and then the national minimum wage thereafter - it is a useful way of getting the young to learn whilst being productive. And who knows, they could be the next Alan Sugar.

This was first published in September 2011

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