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Somerset graduate employers urged to recruit trainees
Monday, 07 September 2009
Companies in the south-west of England have been encouraged to take on young people with degrees, despite the current tough economic climate.
According to the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), now is the best time to take advantage of graduate talent and give them the vocational skills they need in order to make themselves more employable.
The Chard & Ilminster News reported that a survey by the Learning and Skills Council, which funds the initiative, found 77 per cent of graduate employers believe trainees help them to be more competitive.
Jack Fleming, employer services manager for the NAS in Somerset, told the newspaper: "There are some very capable young people out there right now and there has never been a better time to sign up apprentices."
A ceremony recently took place in Inverness to congratulate a group of graduate job hopefuls who have successfully completed work placements at various employers in the area, the Press and Journal reported.