Apprenticeships are on the up

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New figures have revealed an increase in the number of apprenticeships across the county.

The data shows 9,100 people started apprenticeships in Derbyshire between 2011 and 2012 – an increase of 17.5 per cent on the previous year.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “Whenever I speak to companies, a lack of trained workers is a frequent concern.

“These welcome figures mean we are starting to turn the tide.”

David Way, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, which released the data, added: “I am pleased these new figures confirm that apprenticeships are increasingly popular.

“Apprenticeships have much to offer and by working closely with employers, we have come a long way in raising quality standards.

“Our immediate and continuing focus is on growing apprenticeships for people aged between 16 and 18.”

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