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Karen welcomes 8,440 new apprenticeships inStaffordshire Moorlands since 2010


This week is National Apprenticeship Week and Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley has welcomed figures showing that between 2010 and 2023, 8,440 new apprenticeships have been created in the Staffordshire Moorlands and over 5.3 million apprenticeships have been created across England.

As well as driving up the number of people boosting their skills through apprenticeships, the Government’s reforms are also improving the quality of apprenticeships. £2.3 billion of additional funding has been announced for 2023-24 and 2023-25 – with colleges that deliver skills and training getting the most focused support.

Alongside reforms to apprenticeships, the Government has introduced T-Levels and established twelve Institutes of Technology. T-Levels provide students with vocational options as rigorous and robust as A-Levels, whilst Institutes of Technology will be the pinnacle of technical training.

As collaborations between universities, colleges and business they will specialise in delivering quality, higher level technical training in STEM subjects, opening the door to highly skilled careers.


Commenting, Karen said:

“Apprenticeships are fantastic ways for students to enter the world of work, helping them to build new skills and gain vital industry knowledge – all while being paid.

“I have been a big supporter of local apprenticeships and apprentices, including having my own apprentice in my constituency office and running a successful 100 in 100 campaign, where over 100 new apprenticeships were created in the Staffordshire Moorlands in 100 days.

“It is brilliant news that in total 8,440 new apprenticeships have been created in the Moorlands since 2010. Each new apprenticeship means another student building the skills and knowledge they need for a long and successful career.”

Commenting, Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said:

“My apprenticeship was my golden ticket. It gave me a unique insight into how a business operated, from the shop floor to the boardroom. I learnt the skills that businesses truly value and it launched my career in international business.

“This National Apprenticeship week I hope more people learn about the incredible opportunities available in everything from engineering to healthcare. Whatever career goals you aspire to, they can be achieved through an apprenticeship which can take you all the way up to masters degree level”.

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