Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has insisted that apprenticeships do work after offering his support to Eastbourne’s latest initiative to get the town’s youngsters on the road to work.
The Lib Dem MP visited Sussex Downs College last week to meet some apprentices and to hear about the Big Apprenticeship Conversation.
This is an initiative which has been launched jointly by the Eastbourne & District Enterprise Agency and Chamber of Commerce, together with Sussex Downs College and the Eastbourne Herald.
They are appealing for local employers to create 100 new apprenticeships in the lead up to National Apprenticeship Week in March.
Mr Cable said he was very impressed by what he had seen in Eastbourne. “This is a success story,” he said. “Meeting the apprentices and staff here was very positive, very energising, and you sense a real enthusiasm here.
“The number of apprenticeships in Eastbourne has risen over the past three years, working very closely with employers so they know what they are providing for the youngsters is relevant.
“That is linked to employment and the work they have done with the local Chamber of Commerce and Government agencies like the Job Centre is really practical and valuable in helping with job creation.”
Apprenticeships have increased by more than 50 per cent nationwide over the past two years, with a million people following that route. Visit apprenticeships.org.uk