BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable joined Solihull MP Lorely Burt for a visit to Solihull College where he met trainees and apprentices.
Instrumental in the growth and importance of apprenticeships, Lib Dem MP Dr Cable has introduced measures to support the scheme, including £1,500 grants and covering up to 100 per cent of training costs.
This support has seen 7,000 people take on apprenticeships across Solihull since the coalition came into Government.
Solihull College is a success story for the scheme – having more than doubled the number of apprentices it trains since 2010 – and now providing training to around 1,500 apprentices a year
During his visit Dr Cable said the Government had ‘breathed life back into vocational education’ and that apprenticeships were a ‘great success story’.
Solihull MP Mrs Burt said: “Solihull College have an exceptional record, expanding and creating opportunities for more young people year on year.
“They did an excellent job supporting my campaign to encourage local businesses to take on apprentices nearly two years ago and since then they have continued to train more and more.
“I would encourage young people around Solihull to consider traineeships as an option if they don’t feel ready for an apprenticeship.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable meets Solihull College Principal John Callaghan.