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Small businesses consider apprentices

Forty per cent of small business owners say they are looking to hire more apprentices in entry-level roles over the next five years, compared with just 15 per cent that will target more graduates.

Research commissioned by business development consultancy Sandler Training (UK) sought to gain insights into how UK small businesses feel about youth unemployment and hiring 16- to 24-year-olds.

More than 2,000 small business owners took part in the research.