With thousands of students collecting their GCSE results this week, school leavers across the country are facing tough decisions about their future, further education or the world of work?

Young people aren’t strangers to the phrase ‘the market is tight at the moment’; there are limited University places and not many employment options for those who are unskilled or unqualified.

With youth unemployment hovering around one million, it is clear that more needs to be done to prevent higher unemployment figures in the future.

Apprenticeships are extremely beneficial, and an option that needs more focus. The mayor of London is an advocate of this idea and he recently announced that he is “more than half way to hitting his target of creating 100,000 apprenticeships in the capital” by the end of 2012.  London Transport commissioner also comments on the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship, he says that “Apprenticeships provide a great way for people to gain skills they need for a career in many industries”. As more and more young people opt for this opportunity it is essential that they be well prepared to take this option.



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