Developing local talent through apprenticeships

Apprentices celebrating their achievement

I’ve blogged about the importance of apprenticeships to the UK economy and to our own here in Staffordshire many times before.

Around 7,000 people across the county have completed an apprenticeship over the past 18 months which is great news and they remain a key part of our plan to grow the local economy and create more better paid jobs for people.

It’s important to remember that Apprenticeships are now available at a range of levels leading to the equivalent of a foundation degree, a bachelor’s degree and even master’s degree level in some sectors. And, more of these specialised and highly-skilled Apprenticeships are being offered each year, giving individuals the chance to continue their professional development and fully realise their potential.

On Wednesday, 150 apprentices gathered at the County Showground in Stafford with their families, employers, and training providers for our fifth apprenticeship graduation ceremony. This is a really important event for us and not only highlights the importance of apprenticeships to our economy but it’s also a brilliant way to mark the achievements of those completing their training.

For year’s university graduates have enjoyed their day on the stage but this now gives apprentices that same recognition and experience. I would like to say a huge Congratulations to everyone who graduated on the day and I wish them every success in their future careers.

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