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seacatapprenticeThe Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, said he was pleased to receive figures from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills this week, indicating a greater take-up for apprenticeships on the Island in the year 2013/14. 

Figures show that during this year 1430 young people started apprenticeships; 860 at the intermediate level, 540 at the advanced level and 30 at the higher level.

Mr Turner said:

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“For too long we have had unacceptably high levels of unemployment on the Island, particularly in the 18 – 23 age bracket. I have been focussing a lot of my time on employment, particularly apprenticeships, and I was pleased with the success of the Apprenticeship Day which I held in September last year in partnership with the Island’s leading apprenticeship providers.

“The Government recognises the importance to the future of our country of investing in apprenticeships.  They are equipping our Island young people with vital skills to enable them to enter the workplace, and in many cases there will be a job for them at the end of their apprenticeship”.

In December 2014 the Government’s plans for two million apprenticeships nationally was achieved.  The aim is now to achieve three million by 2020.

Photographed: Apprentices taken on at Seacat Services in East Cowes

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