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12th June 2009 at 01:00

The Government has announced an "adopt an apprentice" scheme, under which employers will be paid Pounds 2,000 if they take on an apprentice who has lost his or her job to enable them to complete their training. Fiona Hyslop, the Education and Lifelong Learning Secretary, said this was a key message at the national "summit" on apprenticeships held six weeks ago. The Pounds 1.7 million scheme, which is the first phase of a skills support package to counteract the effects of the recession, will benefit 575 redundant apprentices and is open to all ages of apprentice.

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