Apprenticeships ‘the new norm’

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MPs for Brackley, Towcester and Bicester have spoken out in support of National Apprenticeship Week.

Andrea Leadsom, MP for Brackley and Towcester, said she supported David Cameron’s vision for it to “become the new norm” for young people to either start an apprenticeship or go to university.

She added: “I know from work that I have seen at the National College for Motorsport at Silverstone that apprenticeships are a win for the individual and a win for the business.

“I have had two apprentices in my office over the last two years and they have provided an invaluable contribution to my office.

“National Apprenticeship this week provides a great opportunity to celebrate the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.”

National Apprenticeship Week ran from March 11 to March 15 this year.

Bicester MP Sir Tony Baldry attended an apprenticeship fair at the North Oxfordshire Academy on Thursday last week.

He said: “In North Oxfordshire we are very lucky to have an array of apprenticeships available, from those offered by large companies like Prodrive and Mondelez International to those offered by numerous small and medium sized enterprises.

“Even Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council have got involved and offer apprenticeship opportunities.”

He said the county has seen a steady increase in numbers of apprentices, adding: “Apprenticeships provide an opportunity for people to learn vital skills in a particular industry and to build their careers and that is why National Apprenticeship Week is so important.”