Apprenticeships in Fareham on the rise

The number of apprentices in Fareham has doubled in the last five years, new figures have shown.

In 2014-15, 880 people started apprenticeships in the area, compared with 420 in 2009-2010, The Portsmouth News reports.

This brings the total number of apprentices who have undertaken training since 2010 to 4,000, with 140 more apprentices in 2014-15 than in the year before.

To coincide with the news, Fareham MP Suella Fernandes will be holding an apprentice fair next month to encourage more potential trainees to sign up to a programme.


‘Prestigious route to employment’

Fernandes told The Portsmouth News: “These figures are really good news. [It] means that more young people in Fareham [are] getting the skills to get on in life.

“I’m a big fan of high-quality apprenticeships, and I’m very glad that the government is putting them at the heart of its skills strategy, with a commitment in our manifesto to deliver three million more by 2020.

“Apprenticeships are a unique and prestigious route into employment and I hope we can encourage even more school leavers to think about this option. Locally, I also want to help bring together leading local businesses with young people who have the potential to benefit from learning new skills.”

The fair will take place at Fareham Community College on February 12 from 10am to 3pm. Find out more here.