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Apprenticeships down amid 'frustration'

One year since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, the latest figures show there has been a 24% fall in the number of people starting in-work training.
The scheme was supposed to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020.
Instead it is causing "confusion and frustration" among employers, according to the British Chambers of Commerce .
The Department for Education (DfE) said the scheme was increasing the number of quality and higher level placements.
The DfE said employers were embracing new higher standards for apprenticeships, ranging from butchers to solicitors.
"We have recently seen an increase in the number of people starting on higher level apprenticeships, such as engineering and law, and on our new quality apprenticeship standards," a DfE spokesperson said.
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