Are apprenticeships the solution to youth unemployment?
The BBC published an article on their website this week on the benefits of apprenticeships for young people and how they can help to lower the number of unemployed young people aged between 16 and 24.
Statistics show that since 2011, the number of unemployed young people has fallen from 22.5% to 16% but is still significantly higher than the percentage of the unemployed working population as a whole which is currently 6%.
The article told the story of Ben Sparkes, who recently began his apprenticeship as a hairdresser at a men’s barbers in Basildon.
“I took an apprenticeship because I felt it was a better way of learning, because you get people skills at the same time,” he says, “and you get paid to learn as well.”
Read more about what apprenticeships can do for youth unemployment here.