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Norwich MP highlights the importance of apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week

March 12, 2015 5:37 PM
Simon Wright, Norwich South MP, visited Norfolk Training Services (NTS) today, during National Apprenticeships Week, to meet local apprentice Jessie Reeve. Jessie has been in training for work in the vehicle maintenance industry, supported by NTS.

Since 2010, nearly 8,000 people have started an apprenticeship in Norwich in a wide range of industries, providing real world experience and training that employers value very highly.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Wright said:

"I strongly support the growth of apprenticeships in Norwich. They provide real opportunities for young people to get on the career path of their choosing, allowing them to earn while learning.

"Speaking to Jessie gave me a real appreciation of the determination of young apprentices to get on with the work they enjoy. NTS are working with several schools, including Fred Nicholson School, to provide opportunities that young people need to succeed."

"Quite rightly apprentices are now receiving the recognition they deserve."

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable MP said:

"My goal is for any young person to have two equally attractive routes to a rewarding career - by going to university or doing an apprenticeship up to and including degree level training. During the last five years, Lib Dems in government have implemented reforms that have opened up the range of apprenticeships and challenged the perception that a vocational education was inferior to a traditional university education. "

NTS Visit

Notes - Photo (L to R - Neil Mason - from NTS, Simon Wright MP, Jessie Reeve - Apprentice, Paul from NTS and Rachel from Fred Nicholson School)

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