National Apprenticeship Week Comes To Carshalton

February 7, 2012 2:59 PM

I am urging young people and employers to get involved in National Apprenticeship Week and build upon Carshalton and Wallington's excellent record for creating apprenticeships.

This week (February 6th - 11th) is organised by the National Apprenticeship Scheme (NAS) and aims to engage with employers with apprenticeship programmes by highlighting the considerable advantages of employing and supporting apprenticeships in the workplace.

This week will also demonstrate the wide range of Apprenticeship programmes available, the high standard of skills apprentices achieve and the progression routes available.

On 8th February, Carshalton College will be hosting a day of various 'Have a Go' taster sessions, where they will be highlighting the many career options available. The day will also involve a tour of the many college facilities, including the Renaissance Hair Salons, Carpentry, Electrical and Motor Vehicle workshops and their in-house training restaurant, Nightingales.

Carshalton and Wallington has a particularly strong record when it comes to apprenticeships - in 2010/11 660 young people entered into an apprenticeship, which was an impressive 67% increase on the previous year.

Apprenticeships are a great way to give young people the skills and experience they need for long and successful careers. There are a huge variety of options to choose from and I would encourage any young person to think seriously about taking one up.

My fellow Lib Dem and Business Secretary, Vince Cable said:

"Apprenticeships are at the centre of the Coalition's skills policy because we know that they work. Not only do they provide individuals with the skills they need for prosperous and rewarding careers, they also boost businesses' profits and drive growth in the wider economy.

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