Apprenticeships 'highly regarded' says MP

PUBLISHED: 10:46 23 May 2014

Ms Munt cutting the ribbon at Emma’s of Wedmore - winner of Weston College Apprentice of the Year in 2011

Ms Munt cutting the ribbon at Emma's of Wedmore - winner of Weston College Apprentice of the Year in 2011

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THE number of apprenticeships available to young people in Weston and North Somerset is growing rapidly thanks to Weston College.

Ms Munt with with Kate Turner of Party Packs with her team of apprentices, based in the Westbury Sub MendipMs Munt with with Kate Turner of Party Packs with her team of apprentices, based in the Westbury Sub Mendip

Earlier in the year, a team at the college decided to launch the 100in100 campaign – a bid to create 100 new apprenticeships in 100 days with support from the Mercury.

No-one would have been able to predict just how successful the scheme has been, as by day 53 the college had already established 71 new apprenticeships for young people in the area.

This news has been met with praise from businesses, students and politicians - last week, Weston’s MP John Penrose said the increase was ‘excellent news’.

This week, Somerset MP Tessa Munt has spoken of her support for apprenticeships.

Ms Munt with Mike Rogers of Rogers Restorations with his apprentice Paul Lang based in HighbridgeMs Munt with Mike Rogers of Rogers Restorations with his apprentice Paul Lang based in Highbridge

She said: “I want it to become equally ordinary for young people to choose either an apprenticeship or university.

“Apprenticeships offer an alternative route to university for those who want to take that direction.

“Apprenticeship training offers highly regarded qualifications which will support young people throughout their working life.”

To find out more about apprenticeships or to apply, email apprenticeships@weston.ac.uk

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