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UKReport reveals 5 million consumers would prefer to do business with apprentice employers One in four would pay a price-premium for services or products that champion apprentices National Apprenticeship Week starts today with events across the country Consumers prefer to do business with businesses employing apprentices, a new report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has revealed. The Benefits of Apprenticeships to Businesses study finds that offering apprenticeships were perceived by two-thirds of the public as contributing

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Balfour Beatty is taking further action to help more young people into work Balfour Beatty, one of the early members of The 5% Club, is marking National Apprenticeship Week (9–13 March) with a range of new commitments to help more young people find work in the growing infrastructure sector. Balfour Beatty is: creating 150 new apprenticeship vacancies in civil engineering, construction and business disciplines. Opportunities are on www.balfourbeatty.com andwww.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship encouraging companies in its 7000 strong UK supply chain to join

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A Commission on Apprenticeships has concluded that all schools should offer one vocational subject to pupils to increase apprentice numbers Co-chaired by Conservative MP for Harlow Robert Halfon and Labour member Lord Glasman, the cross-party commission discovered that University is more widely promoted than alternative routes such as technical and vocational courses. The commission was brought into effect last summer to make sure that apprenticeship qualifications are fit for purpose, and also to make recommendations on how to boost the

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Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive repair and servicing company, is marking the launch of National Apprenticeship Week 2015 on 9 March with the announcement of 200 new apprentice roles. These jobs are being offered at its centres across the UK, providing opportunities for many school leavers to work close to home. Most of the two year apprenticeships are available to 16-18 year olds, providing a valuable first step on a career in the automotive sector. Kwik Fit has trained

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