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REC backs government's apprenticeship funding

REC backs government's apprenticeship funding

The £25 million Higher Apprenticeship Fund revealed by prime minister David Cameron recently has been welcomed by one industry body.

According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), apprenticeships represent a good avenue for young people and can put them on the path to long and prosperous careers.

Ed McRandal, policy advisor at the REC, stated: "This is welcome news; to tackle the problems of youth unemployment we need to promote apprenticeships as a pathway into the world of work."

He went on to state that while the funding is a boost to businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, the number of young people not in work is worryingly high and a sustained effort is needed to reduce the figure.

Steve Burford, founder of, said recently that internships also represent an attractive alternative to university for youngsters considering their future.

He stated that increasing numbers of students are looking at different paths to take.

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