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Don’t squeeze school budgets to pay for apprenticeships

Pupils are being penalised because local authorities aren’t exempt from the government’s levy, says Sam Hunter

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I am a child of the 1980s: the era of three A levels and a presumption that you would go on to university or get a job. Back then, the gap year hadn’t really taken off and the idea of doing an apprenticeship was equally obscure.

Fast-forward to today and many families with teenagers have serious discussions about the financial viability of going to university. There is an increased expectation that young people should remain in education but the courses they can access for further or higher education are more diverse. The apprenticeship model is one route and the government is keen to champion ...

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