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  • MP THANKS LOCAL EMPLOYERS AS 5,000TH APPRENTICE BEGINS COURSE SINCE 2010

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has spent the last eight years as an MP challenging the assumption that university is always the best option for further education. Serving as a ministerial aide in the Business Department during the Coalition Government Mel played an important role in the huge expansion of apprenticeships in the UK which have continued since then. In the last academic year, August 2017 to April 2018, there were 290,500 apprenticeships starts in the UK - 60% more than there were each year from 2002-2007, where annual starts were consistently around 175,000. New figures now show more than 5,000 apprentices have started courses in Central Devon since 2010.


    Mr Stride said:


    “For many people university is absolutely the best option and I have actively encouraged local pupils to aim high and target the best universities by organising hundreds of sixth form pupils from Okehampton College, South Dartmoor College in Ashburton and Queen Elizabeth’s in Crediton to visit Oxford University during the past few years. However, the combination of gaining important experience and valuable qualifications while earning is an equally good option for many people. I would never have thought in 2010 that eight years later we would be celebrating the 5,000th apprenticeship start and every local employer who has taken on an apprentice during this time and helped a generation of young people begin a path to a successful career should be very proud.”


    For more information visit www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide or ring the National Apprenticeship helpline on 0800 015 0400. Lines are open 8am-10pm seven days a week.







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