Calls for more apprenticeships

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YOUNGSTERS who left school during the recession face falling into an unemployment trap unless investment in apprenticeships is maintained, a leading business organisation has warned.

 The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) has produced a report highlighting that in a three-year period, from January 2007, the employment rate among 18- to 24-year-olds fell from 64 per cent to 53 per cent.

YOUNGSTERS who left school during the recession face falling into an unemployment trap unless investment in apprenticeships is maintained, a leading business organisation has warned.

 The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) has produced a report highlighting that in a three-year period, from January 2007, the employment rate among 18- to 24-year-olds fell from 64 per cent to 53 per cent.

 The steepest decline occurred from January 2009, with a fall of eight per cent.

 Speaking as National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, Ross Smith, NECC head of policy, said it was vital there was continued investment in apprenticeships as well as help for businesses in a position to support young people onto the career ladder.

 He said: “The Government’s commitment to apprenticeships is welcome.

 “Investing now will address the unemployment problem and ensure the North East is prepared for future skills needs.”