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Thursday 15 December 2011

Apprenticeships 'can provide valuable workplace skills'

Apprenticeships are a great way to learn vocational and technical skills, as well as gain experience of a workplace environment that can't be gained through an academic education, according to one expert.

Tara Daynes, human resources and training consultant at taradayneshr.com, said that people hoping to work in sales jobs and other positions will find apprenticeships can provide "focussed, structured learning".

This is more robust than informal on-the-job training, as well as being reinforced by gaining a recognised qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification along the way, she noted.

It comes after a report published by the Centre for Economic Performance stated that while recent British governments have committed substantial public resources to apprentice training, too few young people had benefited and not enough high value skills have been developed.

Ms Daynes said they "certainly" improve job prospects, particularly for those with lower levels of education, with one apprenticeship provider claiming that 85 per cent of its schemes lead to full-time jobs.

"There are definite business benefits for employers as well, as providing apprenticeships helps ensure that staff are engaged, motivated and loyal, as well as competent and productive," the expert added.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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