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Trainee schemes: a ‘great idea’ in need of attention

Employers are wary and numbers are down – so how can traineeships be revived?

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An "official pre-apprenticeship trainee programme” is needed to prepare young people for the rigours of becoming an apprentice, according to the Labour Party’s general election manifesto.

Gordon Marsden, shadow minister for further and higher education, says too many young people who could benefit from an apprenticeship do not have the skills required. He says that a specialist programme is a “crucial” part of helping more young people into employment.

This is not a new idea. A similar programme already exists: it is called a traineeship. A pilot version was first mooted by Nick Clegg, who ...

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