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Awareness of graduate apprenticeships 'needs to be raised'

Published: Friday, 07 August 2009   Category: Work Experience

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that more university leavers need to be made aware of the opportunities available to them through graduate apprenticeships.

Comments come as Directgov announces that apprentices will receive an extra £15 a week as the minimum contractual payment is raised to £95.

Fiona Murray, senior policy advisor at the CBI, believes that "all young people" should take advantage of the benefits apprenticeships have to offer if they want, but not enough graduates are aware of them.

She explained: "Apprenticeships really are very highly valued by firms, particularly because they give apprentices sector specific skills that are also very valuable employability skills."

Graduates who take up the schemes could enjoy an increased wage premium, Ms Murray added.

Former graduate Ed Hammond recently told a construction sector networking meeting of the Engineering Development Trust's Year in Industry initiative, which allows university students to take 12 months off to do an apprenticeship.

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