Local Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Dawn Bowden has stressed the vital importance of apprenticeships to the jobs market and the future growth of the local economy.

Dawn Bowden signed up to support Apprenticeship Week 2018 (5-9 March) as there is a vital task of letting pupils and parents know the value of undertaking an apprenticeship.

Dawn said

“Anyone who is over 16, living in Wales and not in full-time education can apply. An apprenticeship will give you essential job-specific skills, knowledge and professional qualifications. Of greatest value you will work towards a work-based qualification”.

Dawn noted the latest research done by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) which shows that construction apprentices in Wales can go on to earn thousands of pounds more a year than many of their university-educated counterparts but also recognising the vital role apprenticeships play in the local economy as a pathway to a successful career.

Dawn Bowden said “I recognise the importance of employers, the construction sector, education providers and the Welsh Government in working together to maximise the available opportunities for the benefit of apprentices and the Welsh economy. Too often there is a stress on ‘going to University’ but in many cases an apprenticeship is of greater value. Whether in engineering, business, construction, catering or more there are great opportunities available through Merthyr College, Tydfil Training and local employers”.


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