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Cable launches biggest ever National Apprenticeship Week

| February 6, 2012

Business Secretary Vince Cable today launched the fifth annual Apprenticeships Week.

The week is on track to be the biggest Apprenticeships Week to-date, with over 500 events across the country celebrating the countless achievements of learners and employers.

The official launch event, held at Channel 4 in London, was attended by apprentices and representatives from the creative industries.

Following on from the Government and creative industries’ endorsement of the Skillset Skills Group’s report to the Creative Industries Council, Skillset (the Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council), in partnership with the National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) and with support from the Government, is leading a drive to help more companies in the sector benefit from the competitive advantage that apprentices can bring to a business.

Dr Cable said:

“Apprenticeships are at the centre of the Government’s skills policy because we know that they work. Not only do they provide individuals will the skills they need for a prosperous and rewarding careers, they also boost businesses’ profits and drive growth in the wider economy.

“I’m pleased that the creative industries recognise this and we support all the work they are doing to increase the number of apprenticeships in the sector, particularly in small businesses.

“The Government is committed to providing extra help to enable small employers to hire their first apprentices. We’ll also continue to develop new advanced and higher-level apprenticeships to deliver the world-class skills individuals and firms need to get ahead.”

 

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Source: National Apprenticeship Service

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