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Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training and employment that lead to a nationally recognised qualification. They are available to re-entry workers, school leavers, or anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications. An apprentice enters into a contract of training or training agreement with an employer which imposes mutual obligations on both parties. Apprenticeships take between one to four years. Traineeships generally take one to two years and are now part of many apprenticeship systems. Historically, apprenticeships and traineeships have provided important pathways into the workforce, particularly for young people making the transition from school. The very nature of apprenticeships and traineeships makes them particularly susceptible to fluctuations in the labour market. Recently, through government initiatives aimed at boosting their numbers and broadening participation, apprenticeships and traineeships have undergone a renaissance.