James Evans MS has reiterated his support for apprenticeship schemes and the value they bring to both learners and employers across Wales.

This week (February 5 - 11) marks the 17th annual National Apprenticeship week. The week brings together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to celebrate the value, benefit and opportunity that they bring.

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2024 is “Skills for Life” - encouraging everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future ready skills.

Since 2019, more than 26,000 people have started an apprenticeship in health and social care – a key sector of the Welsh economy. This represents more than a quarter of all apprenticeship starts in Wales.

With many school leavers choosing to stay in Brecon and Radnorshire, apprenticeship routes are vitally important to access different routes into a variety of industries.

Many businesses across the constituency offer placements for apprentices and this route into a career has benefited many youngsters over the years.

“We all know that going to university isn’t for everybody,” said Brecon and Radnorshire MS James Evans.

“I’ve visited many schools in my constituency, talking to pupils about the importance of apprenticeships as an alternative option for them.  

“It is equally important that businesses recognise the value of apprenticeships. In times of staff shortages, apprenticeships are more important now than ever.”