The Recruitment and Employment (REC) confederation made the comments during National Apprenticeship Week, which runs until February 11th, and noted that they offer young people an effective means of gaining experience of the world of work.
Tom Hadley, the REC's director of policy and professional services, said that these people can develop "employable skills", while businesses also stand to gain a "competitive edge" by bringing in enthusiastic apprentices.
He added: "Frontline recruiters have a central role to play in this process; using their expertise to identify positions and source suitable candidates."
Meanwhile, Simon Waugh, chairman of the National Apprenticeship Service, noted that apprenticeships "increase productivity, improve loyalty and give a great return on investment".
Their comments follow the publication of a report by ICM Omnibus which showed that 66 per cent of people are thinking more positively about the value of vocational learning through apprenticeships in the face of rising tuition fees.
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