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Government announces £140m apprentice scheme

08 January 2009

The Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) has welcomed the UK government’s decision to spend £140 million on the creation of 35,000 new apprenticeships. However, the independent organisation called for even greater investment and asked the government prioritise engineering, manufacturing and technology.

The Prime Minister made the announcement during a visit to ETB Business and Industry partner Rolls-Royce.

In a statement, Paul Jackson, chief executive of the ETB, said: ‘The ETB applauds the Government’s recognition of the crucial importance of apprenticeships to the UK economy, but would welcome even greater investment, particularly in advanced apprenticeships for young people and adults alike. There is an increasing need for more skilled engineers and technicians in the UK and this demand will continue to grow over the next ten years as the population ages, leaving fewer young people to enter key professions.

“Following Lord Mandelson’s recognition last month of the importance of engineering for the economic recovery it is important that new apprenticeships should be in Engineering and Technology related disciplines. Engineers, engineering and technology are set to play a vital role in laying the foundations of the future.

“Careers in engineering and technology will provide the firmest possible foundation for future economic recovery.”

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