The increase in apprenticeships across Cambridgeshire against a national downward trend is a real success story for the County.
I would like to thank our businesses, colleges, and private training providers that have helped make this happen and given these young people such a good start. But I would also like to express my admiration for those young people who have taken up this opportunity.
Cambridgeshire has bucked the national trend – and exceeded its own targets; a total of 4,273 people in Cambridgeshire started an apprenticeship in the year up to April against a target of 4,000 and 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. But it also gives that young person a great start in employment along with a national qualification. Once again Cambridgeshire is rising to the challenge.