A push to create 500 new apprenticeships in 100 days in Suffolk has had the seal of approval from Prime Minister David Cameron.
Suffolk 500, aimed at promoting apprenticeships for people of all ages among employers and trainees, was described by the premier as “a great initiative”.
Mr Cameron said: “Creating 500 new apprenticeships in just 100 days is an ambitious target, but excellent progress has been made and I really hope it is one that the businesses of Suffolk can reach.
“Since I became Prime Minister in 2010, there has been a huge increase in the number of apprenticeships in Suffolk – and indeed nationwide – but it’s a trend that must continue.
“More people given the chance to learn a trade and embark on a fulfilling, long-term career, is exactly what I want to see in Suffolk and across our country.”
Training for staff
The campaign also recognises the contribution that apprentices make to businesses of all types, encouraging employers to not just take on new apprentices, but to sign existing staff up to apprenticeship programmes.
It is run by the Apprenticeships Suffolk Business Service (ASBS) together with training, support and advisory organisation The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC).
Suffolk Chamber chief executive John Dugmore said: “It is great news for the campaign, for local businesses and for new apprentices to hear that the Prime Minister is supporting Suffolk 500.
“Firms big and small have been working hard to get involved and are finding that apprentices are making a real difference to what they do. I hope that words of support from David Cameron will encourage many more to take part.”