Local support for apprenticeships

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A CAMPAIGN highlighting the importance of apprenticeships has been supported by a Skegness college and the local MP.

The Fifth National Apprenticeship Week begins on Monday aiming to raise the profile of apprenticeships with employers, businesses, teachers and students.

First College, Skegness, has invited interested parties to attend an open day next Wednesday from 10am to 4pm to find out about the courses it offers and the opportunities an apprenticeship brings.

One of its learners said: “Doing an apprenticeship has enabled me to prove myself within the workplace and has given me the opportunities that I needed to gain employment.

“I am very grateful to First College for enabling me to show my true potential and I would encourage anyone to complete an apprenticeship.”

Those attending the open day at the college’s North Parade site will be able to learn about a range of courses including hospitality, accountancy, customer service , business and administration among others.

Apprentices will be trained within a company, gaining nationally recognised qualifications while earning a real wage and learning new job skills.

Short courses on a range of valuable work based skills including literacy and numeracy, IT and health and safety are also offered at the college.

MP for Boston and Skegness Mark Simmonds has supported the campaign and the benefits it offers businesses and the workforce.

He said: “A massive 82 per cent of companies offering apprenticeships say they help to build long-term skills and capacity within the company.

“This is why, despite tough spending decisions, the government is investing in a record number of apprenticeships. Spending on adult apprenticeships will be increased by £250 million a year by 2014-15, resulting in 250,000 more apprenticeships over the next four years. I am proud to support Apprenticeship Week which will raise awareness of the many benefits they offer to businesses and individuals alike”.