High Street firms are being urged to hire prisoners to help rehabilitate them. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke says prisons should be about reform as well as punishment. He wants more skills workshops introduced across the prison system, run by household names such as Virgin and Marks and Spencer.
Young people get the most out of apprenticeships if they carry out work experience or related vocational study beforehand, research has shown.
The report by Ofsted found those with some previous experience were more likely to make good progress in their apprenticeships than those starting straight from school.