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Teens Encouraged to Consider Apprenticeships in Dorset

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11:31am 3rd March 2014

"16 to 18 years olds doing apprenticeships have better career prospects than those working full time", according to Dorset County Council.

In January this year 7.5% of youngsters in the age bracket were in a job without accredited training.

Leaders say if they were doing an apprenticeship they'd gain nationally recognised qualifications.

Dorset County Council's Cabinet member for education Cllr Toni Coombs said:

"There are many old-fashioned misconceptions about apprenticeships. For example, some people think that they are not taken seriously by employers and are only available in practical trades, such as plumbing, carpentry or hairdressing - but this is not the case.

"More employers are taking on apprentices as they see them as an investment for the future of their company. From law to animal care or health services to the arts - there's a subject out there to suit everyone."

On 6 March, parents and young people can attend the free Skills Show Experience at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) from 3pm-7pm.

Young people will be able to have a go at a range of work-based activities such as mobile robotics, construction, cooking and web design, plus find out more about apprenticeships.

You can find out more by clicking here.

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