National Apprenticeship Week

6th March 2017

Philip Dunne MP is encouraging young people and employers to learn more about the mutual benefits of apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week.

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2017), from 6th – 10th March, will celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.

Mr Dunne said: “Apprenticeships can give young people the opportunity to earn a wage while they develop the skills they need to get on in life. For employers, apprenticeships give access to dedicated hardworking young people, who businesses can train to meet their skill needs as they look to expand. So apprenticeships really are a win-win. In my role as a Health Minister I am actively supporting the development of new apprenticeship routes into a wide range of roles in the NHS.

We had significant success during the last Parliament, with two million people starting apprenticeships. We hope to go even further and deliver three million more apprenticeships by 2020. The Government has also ensured that it is easier for businesses to hire apprentices by abolishing employers' National Insurance contributions for apprenticeships under 25.

So I encourage young people and employers in South Shropshire to find out more about the mutual benefits of apprenticeships, to help our businesses grow and more young people gain the qualifications needed to find stable long term employment.”

Shropshire Council’s County Training provide information for employers and those looking to start apprenticeships. Further details can be found at

Photo: Philip Dunne MP visiting apprentices at Classic Motor Cars last year in Bridgnorth


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