Life as an apprentice: what are the benefits?
6 February 2012 Last updated at 13:18 GMT
The former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband is warning that youth unemployment will cost the government billions of pounds if it is not tackled now.
Part of a report by the Commission on Youth Unemployment adds that the situation has reached "emergency point".
The coalition hopes apprenticeships will help solve the problem and Radio 5 live Morning Reports caught up with some young apprentices from the missile manufacturing firm MBDA in Bolton to find out about their experiences of learning on the job.
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Morning Reports broadcasts daily 05:30 to 06:00 on Radio 5 live.