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HIGHBURY College has celebrated National Apprenticeship Week with the launch of a campaign to recruit 50 new employers and students to its apprenticeship programme in the next 50 days.

Starting on Thursday, the college is calling on the city’s small, medium and large organisations to boost their business and get on board with the campaign.

It is also urging Portsmouth’s young people to consider the career benefits of becoming an apprentice, earning a real wage alongside their studies.

The college is one of the largest providers of apprenticeship training in the region and is aiming for 50 new recruits in recognition of its 50th anniversary this year.

Dee John, executive director at Highbury College said: ‘Our 50 in 50 campaign aims to stimulate new apprenticeships, which provide real benefits for both employer and apprentice and ultimately help to build a strong local economy.’

More than 95 per cent of employers that take on an apprentice reports benefits to their business.

For more information about apprenticeships, call (023) 9238 3131 or visit