The number of apprentices training through West Suffolk College has almost tripled in the past five years to 1,450. That’s an amazing figure, a superb result and a real shot in the arm for local business.
Chances are – a bit like me – some of these youngsters may be late developers or may have struggled in the education system and the apprentice system offers them real hope.
Getting a foothold on the career ladder while studying is increasingly seen as an appealing alternative to university – for some, it may be the only option if home circumstances or money issues come into play.
The positive stories of success (see Apprenticeships - a top class way into the world of work) are an inspiration and a vindication of attempts locally and more broader across the UK to push the apprentice programme.
Everyone deserves a chance – the success of take-ups of apprenticeship training at West Suffolk College are a good news story which warrants real acclaim.