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How to prime an apprentice

In response to the article "Former apprentices prosper thanks to `gumption'" (August 27), I couldn't agree more. I run a "soft skills" workshop called "Shaping attitudes for the workplace", aimed at improving employability skills and getting 16- to 19-year-olds job-ready to start work placements or apprenticeships. We give handy tips to support them at work.

I have seen a lot of young people from non-office-based households struggle, as they are not equipped to cope. I also carried out a survey on LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, and more than 60 people responded with tips to support young people in their work placements.

I know some workers will support them, but young people still need to have the confidence to want the opportunities employers are offering - and the way we can help them is by training and supporting them before they take on the positions.

Viv Oyolu, Divine Communications Trust, London.

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