There is nothing like dealing with Apprentices to confront or confirm your prejudices. We have supported some brilliant youngsters and helped them on their way. That's been a privilege and a reward in its own right.

We've also witnessed some truly jaw-dropping evidence as to just how ill-prepared some people are. To fellow parents,educators or employers we would be happy to share our experiences, and of course happy to help more youngsters experience, learn and do something useful and constructive.