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The apprentice is a key feature on site. Who else would take all the brutal banter? Or make you a terrible cup of tea?

However, the added cost of rebranding training as apprenticeships could apparently cause a reduction in wages for other construction employees. This is according to a study conducted by the Institute for Fiscal studies. They stated that apprenticeships are simply “just another term of training.”

With the government proposing to introduce a further three million apprenticeships by 2020 though, the institute warns that this could be “poor value for money.”

Not only that, but apparently the introduction of these could negatively impact other types of training. They also warn that this apprenticeship policy could discourage employers from paying for employee training too. Consequently, this could then impact upon the “efficient use of public money.”

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There is however, a purpose behind apprenticeships. The apprentice isn’t just there to do the tea runs. Instead, they are taught key skills and gain insightful on site experience.

Plus, everyone would miss banter like this anyway:

But what do you think? Could you imagine life without your apprentice? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: www.building.co.uk

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