A programme which was conceived in the Report of the Modern Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, Modern Apprenticeships: The Way to Work (October 2001), as a new programme of high‐quality learning for young people at the pre‐apprenticeship stage. Individual local programmes are delivered by a range of training providers, and funded by the Learning and Skills Council. It typically attracts those young people who would not normally be working, training, or learning, and targets 16–19‐year‐olds with lower attainment in education, who have a high risk of dropping out. For this group it is the personal and social factors that often present some of the most difficult barriers to learning. Tackling the barriers and helping learners to make progress is crucial to the e2e programme. The approaches used are specifically designed to remotivate and to appeal to the e2e group, in terms of relevance both to the individual's own context and to real employment opportunities. The programme is used also to prepare learners for entering Young Apprenticeship schemes.