Portsmouth leader discusses apprenticeships plans

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THE leader of Portsmouth City Council has had talks with a government minister on boosting apprenticeships.

Cllr Donna Jones told Nick Boles MP, minister of state for skills and equalities, how the council planned to increase the number on offer in the 
city.

She said: ‘We discussed the council’s plan to set up an ‘temp agency’, to make it easier for young people to find apprenticeships.

‘We also talked through our wish to help create 100-plus new apprenticeships with big employers around the city, including the council.

‘I briefed him on the city’s bid to create a university technical college for 14 to 19 year-olds, which would specialise in advanced manufacturing, electrical and mechanical engineering.’

The council is a founding member of the partnership making the bid with the University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy and the Salterns Academy Trust, which runs admiral Lord Nelson School.

Mr Boles met apprentices on a trip to Portsmouth on Monday, which included visits to Portsmouth College and the Cathedral Innovation Centre.

He met Cllr Jones at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton in the afternoon.