CAMPAIGNERS are calling for more apprenticeships to be offered to youngsters as this year’s top exam results prove youths have a top work ethic.
Teenagers across the Fylde coast were celebrating on Thursday after schools bucked the national GCSE trend and posted bumper results.
Many will now turn to on-the-job learning as they bid to kick start their career, but competition is rife.
And Steve Pye, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) on the Fylde coast, says unemployment would be non-existent if more businesses decided to take on a school leaver.
He added: “At the moment, apprenticeships are a fantastic idea and a good way of getting people into work.
“On the Fylde coast we have about 15,000 businesses and if one in three took someone on they would eradicate youth unemployment.
“They should look at taking someone on to give them new skills, knowledge and experience.
“Some people may call it cheap labour but that’s what apprenticeships have always been.”
According to the National Apprenticeships Service, 14 new frameworks have already launched in 2012 ranging from traditional subjects such as nursing, IT, horticulture and electric vehicle engineering through to new industries such as life science, fisheries management, legal services and health.
But Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, is calling for more to be done to help find work for youngsters of all abilities.
He added: “In the wake of exam results it’s very important we do encourage young people to get on an apprenticeship scheme.
“This means good quality apprenticeships in service sectors like health care, tourism and construction.
“There’s still not enough apprenticeships being made available, particularly from small businesses.
“It’s also very important some of those young people who need apprenticeships get good pre-apprenticeship training.
“Those people who maybe did not get good enough grades need extra support in order to get on a scheme.”