Bucking the trend

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Cambridgeshire has bucked the national trend – and exceeded its own targets – for the number of people in the county starting apprenticeships.

A total of 4273 people in Cambridgeshire started an apprenticeship in the year up to April against a target of 4000.

Year on year the number of people starting an apprenticeship in the county has increased by 2.5 per cent – as opposed to a national reduction of 6 per cent.

Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular as employers appreciate the opportunity to have employees trained to their own specification, and individuals relish the idea of earning whilst they are learning.

Cllr David Harty, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Learning said: “Credit must go to our colleges and private training providers who have embraced the apprenticeship path to give people stable employment along with a national qualification.

“Soon all young people aged from 16 to 18 will be expected to be in an apprenticeship, a job with recognised training, or to continue education to A-level. This gives young people a choice and parents should ensure, through schools, that their children are given all the options available.”