3000 New Apprentices in Bristol in Last Year

New figures show nearly 3000 people started an apprenticeship in Bristol in the last 12 months.

Liberal Democrats in Government have led the apprentice drive and are on course to deliver two million apprenticeships in Britain by the end of this parliament.

And new figures from the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills show 2970 apprenticeships were created in the area in 2013/14.

Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West Stephen Williams said:

“Gone are the days when a vocational education was seen as the poor relation when it came to choosing a career path.

“We are seeing more young people choosing apprenticeships while hearing from businesses who say they simply couldn’t function without the talent and ambition they bring.

“All young people should have an opportunity to get on in life and apprenticeships are a great way to deliver that.

“Liberal Democrats have pushed this policy in Government and made sure apprentice programmes are rigorous, responsive and meet the changing needs of the future economy.

“Delivering on apprenticeships helps build the stronger economy and fairer society Britain needs.”

 Stephen Williams MP recently visited apprentices at Bristol City Council (BCC) to hear about their experiences.

 Georgia Evans, currently in the second year of her apprenticeship with BCC, said:

 “Many of my friends have gone to university but I didn’t think it was right for me.

 “The apprenticeship is a great experience and I’m glad this option was open to me.

 “I’m able to gain a qualification as well as get experience in a working environment - all while getting paid.”

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