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Business leaders boosted by apprenticeship week 2014

posted 3 Mar 2014, 02:52 by Richard White   [ updated 3 Mar 2014, 02:55 ]

National Apprenticeship 2014 starts today celebrating apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and British economy

The back drop for National Apprenticeship Week 2014 is "great apprenticeships" – pressing home that "great businesses" are made by apprentices and apprenticeships lead to "great prospects" for the individuals. 

It is about demonstrating that apprenticeships are great for both businesses and the apprentices.

Research shows that, on average, a fully-trained apprentice can help businesses generate an extra £200 every week.

In a recorded video message, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg enthused how apprentices can help businesses grow.

"I've been lucky enough to see for myself the fantastic work of talented apprentices across our country," he said. "Every one of these hard-working young people, whether they're working for leading businesses – like Airbus, National Express or Rolls Royce – or smaller local companies, they're all helping their employers to succeed and grow.

"National Apprenticeship Week is a change to celebrate their achievements. It's also a valuable opportunity for us to encourage young people and businesses to gain from the benefits high-quality apprenticeships offer."

You can watch the brief video message here:

National Apprenticeship Week 2014