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PM to unveil apprenticeships

David Cameron is set to unveil a new generation of apprenticeships designed to drive down youth unemployment and make vocational training an attractive choice. More than 60 leading businesses in the UK have signed up to deliver the new-style schemes.

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Apprenticeships 'to last at least a year under reforms'

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce that in future, apprenticeships will last at least a year and will be based on standards designed by employers, to meet the specific needs of their industry.

Apprentices will be subjected to more thorough academic assessment - including maths and English tests - and graded at pass, merit or distinction level in a similar way to their contemporaries in full-time education. At least 20% of their training will take place away from their work stations.

Downing Street said it was intended that all new apprenticeships will meet the new standards by 2017/18.

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