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More than 20,000 new apprentice jobs pledged for national apprenticeship week

Even more people will get an opportunity to earn while they learn, after more than 20,000 new Apprenticeships have been pledged by employers as part of National Apprenticeship Week

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More than 20,000 new apprentice jobs pledged for national apprenticeship week

Even more people will get an opportunity to earn while they learn, after more than 20,000 new Apprenticeships have been pledged by employers as part of National Apprenticeship Week

Companies getting involved in the scheme include Lloyds Banking Group committing to hiring 5,000 apprentices, Greene King and Whitbread pledging 2,000 each and EE, Mitchells & Butlers and Starbucks all announcing 1,000 vacancies.

It’s not just big corporates that are showing their commitment to Apprenticeships – 47% of the employers creating new Apprenticeships are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

National Apprenticeship Week has also seen a boost to the new Traineeships, which give young people the work preparation training, English, maths and work experience they need to get an Apprenticeship or other job.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "The Government is putting an end to the damaging divide between vocational and academic learning. We are committing the biggest ever investment in Apprenticeships and are on track to create two million Apprenticeships over the course of this Parliament.

“Apprentices already contribute £1.8 billion to the economy and with these further commitments, thousands more people will now be able to get the practical skills they need to build careers and help firms grow.”

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