Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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I'll drink to that

With youth unemployment high, apprenticeships are in such demand that it's almost a cliche to compare the ratio of applications to places with that of elite universities - with apprenticeships coming out as the tougher prospect.

So congratulations to New Zealander Joe Gray, who has devised a novel incentive for employers. FErret speaks, of course, of that fount of civilisation: beer. The 28-year-old from Wanganui on North Island has, for the past month, been advertising his offer of a dozen beers a week for a year for any employer who will give him an apprenticeship.

He estimates that the deal will cost him about NZ$1,200 (about Pounds 650) - or less if the boss doesn't mind the supermarket brand. This means that his incentive scheme is just under half the official government bribe on offer to reluctant employers in England, but it is considerably more refreshing.

Having previously completed a print apprenticeship with a 100 per cent record, before redundancy prompted him to seek a career change, Mr Gray promises that he will "work hard and learn fast". …

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