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Newark MP Robert Jenrick marks National Apprenticeship Week and celebrates “incredible impact” of apprenticeships

An MP has recognised the “incredible impact” of apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week.

In the past 14 years, over 10,000 apprenticeships have been started in Newark alone, and the achievement has been celebrated by the town’s MP, Robert Jenrick.

It comes during National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from February 5 to February 11 this year, is a celebration of apprentices’ achievements and around the country and impact on communities, businesses, and the economy.

Robert Jenrick with apprentices at the Newark Academy in January 2023.
Robert Jenrick with apprentices at the Newark Academy in January 2023.

Mr Jenrick said: "This National Apprenticeship Week, we celebrate the incredible impact apprenticeships have made in Newark and across the country.

"With over 5.7 million apprenticeships started under the Conservative government, including 10,550 in Newark since 2010, we've opened doors to fulfilling careers across nearly 70% of occupations. I am proud to champion the apprenticeship route and ensure it is on an equal footing to going to university. It’s right for economic growth, skill development, and career progression.

"While the government is committed to enhancing and expanding apprenticeship opportunities, ensuring every individual can reach their potential, the contrast with Labour's approach couldn't be starker. When last in office they denigrated apprenticeships and encouraged all to go to university, even when the courses were poor quality and a vocational education the better option. With nearly 700 apprenticeship routes available, from healthcare to engineering, our vision is clear: to invest in a skilled future for our children and our country."

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