School leavers must be made aware of apprenticeships, says Barclays

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Apprenticeships have increased within the transport and logistics industries, but young people remain unaware of the variety available to them when they leave full-time education, reveals Barclays latest research, the LifeSkills Youth Barometer.

The study showed that 40 per cent of companies within the transport and logistics sectors are hiring apprentices this year, as well as 44 per cent within hospitality and leisure, 31 per cent within law, and 25 per cent within healthcare.

It revealed that more than half (55 per cent) of young people between the ages of 14 and 25 would consider applying for an apprenticeship when they leave education, but the majority of these were not aware of the range of industries currently offering apprenticeships as a path into a career.

“It is vital that young people are aware of all the opportunities open to them, said Mike Thompson, head of employability programmes at Barclays.

“Businesses and educators need to work together to ensure that young people know what is on offer, and how to access it.

“Of course this ensures that businesses have an opportunity to bring in promising young talent, but just as importantly it ensures no young person feels they are left without options when they open their exam results.”

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