National Apprenticeship Week

Building on the success of last year’s National Apprenticeship Week in East Surrey, I had the privilege of visiting a number of different businesses on Friday, all of which offer excellent apprenticeship schemes. From the Downlands Project, a Conservation Project at Woldingham Long Hill, to Caterham Cars, Kavbro builders in Crowhurst and the butchers at Morrisons’ in Oxted, it was good to see so many local businesses investing in young people, and giving them the opportunities and skills to succeed. At a time when our economy needs jobs and growth, it is fantastic that East Surrey experienced a significant rise of 61% in the number of apprenticeships from last year. Every pound spent on an apprenticeship returns an estimated benefit of