Apprenticeships are a brilliant way for young people to kick-start their careers. They also have a really positive impact on businesses and the wider economy.
To mark National Apprenticeship Week this year, I was pleased to join a roundtable hosted by Jacob Douwe Egberts and OxLEP in Banbury. It was great to hear from local business leaders and apprentices about their experiences.
We discussed everything from the important role local businesses play in creating jobs and upskilling people to how apprentices can be supported in the long term.
I really would encourage all those considering their next steps to think about an apprenticeship.