Chester MP Stephen Mosley has welcomed the start of National Apprenticeship Week, an event he hopes will be even more successful than last year.

National Apprenticeship Week, which began on Monday, March 3, aims to increase awareness, understanding and demand for apprenticeships. The theme for this year’s apprenticeships week is “GREAT Apprenticeships”.

Stephen Mosley MP has seen for himself the benefits of apprenticeships and the opportunities they offer. Last year, he joined Airbus Apprentice Jordan Hampshire, of Chester, at the Parliamentary Rocket Launching Competition and more recently toured local apprenticeship provider Capenhurst Nuclear Services (CNS).

Stephen Mosley MP with local engineering students
Stephen Mosley MP with local engineering students

Commenting on Apprenticeship week, Stephen said: “For an increasing number of young people in Chester, apprenticeships give them a great start in life.

“I want everybody to know about the opportunities that apprenticeships offer – especially for young engineers.

“In the coming years, we’ll see new apprenticeships opportunities in Chester with a new theatre in our city and other exciting developments.”

At the end of last year, new figures released showed that the number of apprenticeships in Chester had risen almost three fold in the past three years. Back in 2007/8, just 300 apprenticeships were started in Chester; in 2012/3, that figure was 870.