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Number of apprenticeships continues to increase

10th February 2012
Number of apprenticeships continues to increase

The number of apprenticeships in Sittingbourne and Sheppey continues to increase as latest figures show a 73% rise since 2009.

This news has been welcomed by local Kent County Councillor, Mike Whiting, who is Cabinet member for Education, Learning and Skills and local MP, Gordon Henderson, following National Apprenticeship Week last week, which has seen nationwide events to raise the profile of apprenticeships.

A number of local companies have successful apprenticeship schemes, including Wire Belt Ltd, which Mr Henderson visited recently to meet apprentices, and Morrisons Regional Warehouse.

Mr Henderson said:

“I am delighted that more and more employers in my constituency are taking on apprentices and benefiting from their work since extra investment by the Government.

“The Government was committed to creating 50,000 new apprenticeships and has already exceeded that number. I thank my local employers for their contribution and hope the on the job training leads to a fulfilling career for the apprentices.”

Mr Whiting, who has responsibility for apprenticeships at County Hall, said:

“Businesses in Sittingbourne and Sheppey have really stepped up to the plate in creating meaningful employment for many young people through apprentice schemes.

“Big companies like Morrisons and a raft of small businesses in the area are giving people a great start in life, and I welcome that.

“It is good for the young people, good for the businesses and good for the local economy.”

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