Osborne hails apprenticeship campaign in Gloucestershire

George Osborne

A campaign to create 1,000 new apprenticeships in Gloucestershire is being launched today, with the seal of approval from the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Apprentice 1,000, led by the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo, will seek to train 1,000 young people and workers throughout the year, with the backing of three major colleges and a number of business supporters.


Opportunity for economy boost

Speaking about the campaign, Chancellor George Osborne said: “Once again the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo are supporting young people and local business with the Apprentice 1,000 campaign and I am delighted to give it my backing.

“Apprenticeships are an essential part of our economy delivering the skills and expertise we need for a vibrant jobs market and fantastic opportunities for young people.

“Britain needs a high-skilled workforce and I’d encourage all businesses in Gloucestershire to get involved in this important campaign so we can work together to deliver the three million more apprenticeships around the country by 2020 this government is determined to see.”


Making a difference to the county’s youngsters

Matt Holmes, editor of the Gloucestershire Echo, added: “We want to make 2016 the Year of the Apprentice in Gloucestershire. There is so much energy in our business community already to support this as a route for young people but we feel now is the time to really make a difference for our young people and Gloucestershire’s economy.”

“To do this, we need the support of our training providers and key businesses to promote apprenticeships as a career choice.

“Over the course of the year, we will be running a campaign across online, social media and our newspapers to encourage not just young people to take up apprentices but also for businesses who do not currently offer them to sign up.”

The campaign’s sponsors are Gloucestershire College, Cirencester College, SGS College, training provider GET, Delphi, Messier Bugatti Dowty and Clarkson Evans.