Apprentices pay visit to UK from France

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A GROUP of apprentices from Bergerac in central France are visiting the UK to experience what it is like to be an apprentice in England.

The apprentices, six working in hospitality and catering and one in fashion, all work for companies in France.

Hosted by Fareham College, their three-week programme includes a programme of intensive English, skills training and two weeks working for a local employer.

Principal Nigel Duncan said: ‘This is a wonderful example of what can happen when two organisations see the benefits of sharing best practice. We were approached by the college in Bergerac following a visit by dignitaries from Aquitaine to Hampshire two years ago.

‘We have some rewarding exchange programmes running between Fareham College and colleges in France which enrich our students’ programmes and have a direct benefit to those that visit us.

‘We look forward to extending our international exchange programme even further in the future.’

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