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Apprenticeships "absolutely vital" to economy - PM

Prime Minister David Cameron has called on firms to help create a new generation of skilled workers across the country.

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Celebrating the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2011 the PM said that, despite difficult spending decisions, the government was increasing its financial commitment to apprenticeships in order to create more opportunities for potential apprentices and to help equip the country for long term sustainable growth.

Mr Cameron urged firms, young people and potential apprentices to get involved and take advantage of some of the events happening around the country.

He said:

Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for people to gain the skills they need for the jobs of the future, equipping the country for our goal to build long-term sustainable growth.

That is why despite some difficult decisions on spending; we are boosting the number of apprenticeships. We think this is absolutely vital not just to help people into work for the short term but to make sure they can have successful long term careers.

With hundreds of events around the country taking place, Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity for more businesses, young people and potential apprentices to get involved, and benefit from all that apprenticeships bring.

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BIS: National apprenticeship week 2011 National Apprenticeship week 2011 (External Webpage)

Published 7 February 2011