One of Cambridgeshire's oddest traditions gets under way this morning...
Apprenticeship: Facts & Figures
Over 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.
The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £2.60 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approx £170 per week.
Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training.
There are more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships available offering over 1,200 job roles.
92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.
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