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Apprenticeships often a more attractive option for young people looking towards their future.

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

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AN apprenticeship provider is encouraging Ashbourne’s young people to look closely at the benefits of work-based learning.

Recently released figures from the Office of National Statistics show graduates are more likely to earn less than apprentices.

Derbyshire apprenticeship provider Positive Outcomes offers a number of apprenticeships for young people aged 16 to 23, from IT and retail to management and customer services.

Apprentices gain qualifications within the sector of their choice at the same time as earning a wage.

CEO of Positive Outcomes Chris Longmate said: “Our apprenticeships can provide a smooth route into employment with nine out of ten of our apprenticeships leading to a permanent position with the same employer.

“With a university degree young people are worried about the debt they will accrue and how employable they will be after they’ve completed their course.

“On completion of the apprenticeship, young people have gained a recognised qualification and are able to add that all-important 12 months full time employment to their cv, something many graduates won’t have but employers are looking for when recruiting.

“There is an ongoing debate around whether degrees are worth the amount of debt they result in – but with an apprenticeship this isn’t a concern.

“We provide a wide range of apprenticeships and we’d encourage young people who are undecided about university to have a look at what we offer on our website before they make big decisions about their future.”

The company provides apprenticeships in sectors such as IT, business administration, customer services, sales and retailing.

More information is available online on www.positiveoutcomes.org.uk

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