The UK’s economy could be boosted by £1.5bn if barriers to small businesses taking on apprentices were lifted, according to data analysis by LifeSkills, created with Barclays. The calculation was based on data from the Office for National Statistics and figures from the National Apprenticeship Service showing that apprentices bring in £214 a week in productivity.

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/may/17/apprenticeship-female-pupils-stem-careers-further-education

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