Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Tamworth and surrounding villages, welcomed the news of 450 new apprentice placements in Tamworth, up from 390 in the previous year.
Commenting Mr Pincher said:
"We know that University is not for everyone and pupils leaving school should have real choice in their next education steps. Apprenticeships are a big part of education and making sure they meet high standards, driven by business needs and meet industry demands will ensure that our engineers of the future are some of the best in the world.
"I remember visiting Lovell's training centre on Bonehill Road and what struck me was the enthusiasm and commitment of the apprentices. We need to keep encouraging that. Apprenticeships allow people to earn and learn at the same time, while significantly increasing their potential future earnings. But the benefits go wider than that – every £1 spent on an apprenticeship returns an estimated benefit of £18 to the economy."
"I urge people of all ages to consider becoming an apprentice and seize the opportunities that the government has opened up for them."
For more information on apprenticeships can be found at http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ or to see what positions are available in Tamworth and surrounding area please visit http://www.southstaffs.ac.uk/apprentice-vacancies/ with currently over 20 positions being advertised.
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