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Apprenticeships are helping school-leavers without skills

PUBLISHED: 14:16 20 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:12 05 October 2010

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CHARITY workers helping school-leavers in London's East End who don't have skills or jobs to go to have signed up deals with City firms to take on apprentices. City Gateway has so far reduced the numbers of jobless school-leavers in Tower Hamlets from 15 out of every hundred to under seven

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CHARITY workers helping school-leavers in London’s East End who don’t have skills or jobs to go to have signed up deals with City firms to take on apprentices.

City Gateway, a charity which celebrates its 10th anniversary, has managed to reduce the numbers of jobless school-leavers in the deprived Tower Hamlets district from 15 out of every hundred to under seven in its first decade.

Now it is promoting partnerships with companies in the affluent Square Mile to use their expertise and resources to help the community on their doorstep.

City Gateway’s chief Eddie Stride said: “Many youngsters are capable, but for whatever reason just didn’t succeed at school.

“Apprenticeships give them a second chance at learning that they can relate to.”

One of the deals his charity has signed this week is with HSS Tool Hire to run training programmes and work placements in the company’s 43 London branches.

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