Hancock backs apprenticeships in Northumberland

Hancock made a speech at the college

Hancock made a speech at the college

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock recently delivered a speech at the North East Apprenticeship Summit. In his speech, delivered to students of Northumberland college and business leaders, he spoke about how important it is that apprenticeships are marketed as equal to university degrees.

The event was delivered following a partnership between Northumberland College and Hexham MP Guy Opperman. In addition to Hancock’s speech, current apprentices were invited to share their experiences. As part of the college’s Pathfinder project, the college is gaining support from schools, businesses and organisations to demonstrate how they can benefit each other. Businesses looking to hire apprentices are invited to contact Northumberland College where they can get more information and advice on funding.

Mr Hancock said: We need to make the information available and encourage all schools to act in an effort to get information of all the options available, including apprenticeships. It’s been fantastic meeting apprentices at Northumberland College and hearing first-hand from local businesses and schools. Figures out this week show there has been a rise of more than 14 per cent in apprenticeships in Northumberland in the last year. We are developing this further in 2013 by extending apprenticeships to include graduate and post-graduate-level learning.”