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Taking on an apprentice can be worthwhile for both the individual and the company, but for many small businesses it is beyond their reach. But in a rare example of Goliath helping David, a business giant is building a bridge between small firms and apprentices.

For young people, apprenticeships are an effective way of making the leap between education and employment. For business too, they can be a way of molding young people into the sorts of employees they want.

They can also be cost-effective. Studies have shown that hiring an apprentice can bring a significant increase in productivity.

But for many small businesses, taking on an apprentice can appear fraught with difficulty. As well as the cost of hiring and training, there is the red tape involved, for example in showing that the apprenticeship program meets industry standards....

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- - Volume: 2 - WEEK: 32 Date: 8/5/2014 2:52:45 PM -