Wednesday 24th February 2016

David Cameron Backs Suffolk 500 Campaign to Hire 500 Apprentices in 100 Days

Apprenticeships Suffolk Business Service (ASBS) have introduced a brand new initiative, aiming to create 500 Apprenticeships in just 100 days.

Prime minister, David Cameron has shown his support for the campaign, describing it as a “great initiative.” The aim of Suffolk 500 is to promote Apprenticeships to Suffolk employers, highlighting why supporting an Apprenticeship is easier than businesses may think, and to celebrate the range of Apprenticeships available in different sectors.

Suffolk 500, which is nearing its goal, is delivered in partnership with The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC), a company which uses Government-funded training and support programmes to deliver free and impartial advice to businesses in the East of England, and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

David Cameron described: “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.”

“It is great news for the campaign, for local businesses and for new Apprentices to hear that the Prime Minister is supporting Suffolk 500.” said Suffolk Chamber chief executive John Dugmore. “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.

The initiative not only aims to promote Apprenticeships within the area, but will give employers the opportunity to voice their commitment to the 3 million Apprenticeships by 2020 government pledge.

David Cameron stated: “Not only will this offer a brighter future for those new Apprentices, but it will help provide the skills our employers need and strengthen our whole economy.”

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