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France to revamp apprenticeship system to bring down youth unemployment

Staff Writer |
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe outlined a revamp of France's apprenticeship system in the hope of getting more young people into work, as companies struggle to find skilled labour.


Employers welcomed the plans, which would give firms more control over a system they say is ill-adapted to their needs although they partly finance it through a special payroll tax.

"The current system gets bogged down because it suffers from being too complex," Philippe told journalists.

Under the plan, companies and unions - instead of civil servants at the Education Ministry - will jointly define qualifications needed for vocational training courses.

Representatives from each industry will help decide how much money each programme gets.

Young people up to 30, instead of the current 26, will be able to join apprenticeships.


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