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Employers 'want candidates with practical work experience in the UK'

Employers 'want candidates with practical work experience in the UK'

Businesses want candidates who have acquired hands-on training and picked up skills while doing work experience in the UK, an industry figure has said.

Sarah Clover, sales and marketing director at, said the recent news that the government is to launch a drive to boost the number of apprenticeships offered in the UK is "fantastic".

She stated that there has been too many people with good academic qualifications but with little in the way of practical experience coming into the jobs market and that redressing the balance is key moving forward.

"Employers want hands-on, practical learning, so the fact that ore apprenticeships are going to be on offer is just awesome news," Ms Clover went on to say.

Business secretary Vince Cable and skills minister John Hayes have urged more employers to drive economic growth by creating a new generation of skilled workers, while underling the government’s commitment to increase the budget for apprenticeships to over £1,400 million in 2011/12.

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