Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

March 5, 2013

Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert will celebrate National Apprenticeship Week at the College at Merthyr Tydfil on Monday (11th March) at an event to introduce young learners and employers to the benefits of apprenticeship schemes.

John O’Shea, Dean of the College at Merthyr Tydfil commented, “This event will raise awareness of the value of apprenticeship schemes to both students and employees. They provide young people with the opportunity to earn a salary while improving their skills with on –the-job training. We are thrilled that the Deputy Minister is joining us for the event and helping to raise the profile of apprenticeship schemes and the opportunities they bring.”

The Deputy Minister said, “Apprenticeships develop specialist skills with clear career progression plans. The skills developed by an apprentice are skills for life – which in the current economy counts highly. In fact this makes an apprenticeship programme as valued as a place at a top university.

“I would love to see more young people and businesses choosing Apprenticeships and I hope events taking place throughout Wales during Apprenticeship Week will raise the profile and esteem of our Apprenticeship Programmes.”

Local Mayor Lisa Mytton will attend the event along with other Council members.

The event will involve partner organisations such as Merthyr Tydfil Careers, So Savi, Pathways, and Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI).

Current College students and their parents are encouraged to come along to the event to meet employers and discuss potential apprenticeship opportunities.

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

The College at Merthyr Tydfil is part of the University of Glamorgan Group.

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