Today British Prime minister met with young apprentices at Mercedes-Benz in Milton Keynes.
I told them that apprenticeships are at the heart of our mission to rebuild the economy, giving young people the chance to learn a trade, to build their careers, and create a truly world-class, high-skilled workforce that can compete and thrive in the fierce global race we are in.
There are record numbers of people taking up an apprenticeship, with a million starting one in the last few years. And our drive to reform and strengthen apprenticeships – raising standards and making them more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers – means that an apprenticeship is increasingly seen as a first choice career move.
But we need to challenge ourselves to go even further, that is why I want it to be the new norm for young people to either go to university or into an apprenticeship. We need to look at how we can expand apprenticeship opportunities so that they are available to all young people who are ready and eager to take them up, and aspire to get ahead in life.
More about National Apprenticeships Week on the Number 10 website