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Plea to fix 'dreadful' apprentice success rate

Huge numbers of young people are not finishing apprenticeships in Kent as the government chases “sexy” targets for those starting courses.

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As figures show the number of apprenticeships being completed has lagged behind those started over the last 10 years, Kent Business is launching a new Kick Start Kent campaign to raise awareness, improve standards and get more young people finishing their courses. The new boss of a charity which tries to get people into work says she will not "chase money" as she tries to turn around a deficit which trebled last year. The boss of a digger hire company remains optimistic despite making losses. We take a tour of the neon-lit corridors of Custodian Data Centre, where £1.5 billion of trade passes through its wires each year. Plus, two firms in the oil and gas sector tell very different stories. One has begun lucrative exploration in east Africa while the other fights to turn around two years of cutbacks and redundancies after the dramatic fall in the price of oil in 2014.

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