We should encourage apprentices says MP

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GOSPORT’S MP Caroline Dinenage has spoken out in support of apprenticeships.

During a debate in the House of Commons, Mrs Dinenage said schools should do more to encourage young people to explore the schemes.

Mrs Dinenage said: ‘It is a huge tribute to the government’s commitment to apprenticeships that in just 12 months we witnessed an incredible increase of more than 50 per cent in the number of apprenticeships across the country.

‘The reality is many schools are simply not doing enough to promote apprenticeships.

‘We must ensure they are recognised and endorsed as a viable and exciting opportunity for young people.’

Mrs Dinenage also praised a number of apprenticeship providers in Gosport, including HMS Sultan, which trains around 400 apprentices a year to work for major companies.

The debate was called after a record year for apprenticeships.

The government says 443,000 people started on an apprenticeship scheme this year.