Thursday, 9 February 2012

Apprenticeship Week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week.

I'm proud to be a big champion of Apprentices. I'm also proud of the work this government has done to increase the number of apprenticeships. the news is really positive for apprenticeship training across the North East. The latest figures show that North East apprenticeship starts have risen 45% from 2009/10 to 2010/11. More importantly, the North East is getting the most benefit, our 45% increase compares favourably to a 36% increase nationally.

Regional apprenticeship completions have also risen by 11% over the same period, compared to 5% nationally.

You can read more about my own apprentice, Jade (pictured) who is featured in today's Journal HERE

Tonight I am off to Kirkley Hall in Ponteland which is part of Northumberland College to celebrate some of their fantastic apprentices and their acheivements.