Record number of apprentices


New figures reveal that in Cornwall, 5,050 people benefitted from an apprenticeship last year, an increase of 36% from 2010.

The figures have been released by the Coalition Government during National Apprenticeships Week, and have been welcomed by the region’s MPs.

Andrew George, MP for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, commented: “We still need to give this a further push in Cornwall. The Coalition Government is doing the right thing by giving employers further encouragement to train young people and create opportunities for apprentices.”

St Austell & Newquay MP Stephen Gilbert added: “The increase in apprenticeship numbers is good for people looking for work, good for employers and good for Cornwall.

“I hope that as we see more and more businesses choose to make Cornwall their home, we will also see a further increase in these vital opportunities for local people to learn a trade and find long-term work.”

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