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Apprentices still used as ‘cheap, subsidised labour’

Survey of apprentices reveals scale of dissatisfaction with work-based training

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Apprenticeships have been hailed by the government as the key route for young people to receive training relevant to the workplace. But a new survey of apprentices reveals that many work fewer than their contracted hours and one in six are not paid for off-the-job training.

The findings of the national survey, carried out by Tes and the National Society of Apprentices (NSoA) – the representative body run by the NUS students’ union – also reveal that a fifth of apprentices do not feel that they receive any training on the job. An NSoA spokesperson says the results suggest that many employers ...

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