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"It was a very rigorous application process in which we had to demonstrate that we offer high quality education, have the ability to deliver apprenticeships and are financially stable, so although we were on the old register there was no guarantee we would be accepted.
"Because the qualifications which are part of the apprenticeships have
He also said that apprenticeships should be seen as an equal alternative to the higher education route to skills development.
The state Department of Labor & Industries is receiving a federal grant to expand apprenticeship opportunities.
The majority of UK apprenticeships pay the National Minimum Wage or more, giving people the chance to bring home a salary while they learn and build a platform for their career.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said apprenticeships were "one of the great successes of the decade", as he marked National Apprenticeship Week.
However, Ms Miller says there are still misconceptions about apprenticeships and their importance as building blocks of a future career, providing the skills that employers are looking for.
An apprenticeship is a real job with training, so you can earn while you learn and get recognised qualifications as you go.
Whether you are a business, a young person or parent, if you would like to nd out more about apprenticeships in Kirklees contact C&K Careers on
More than 130,000 businesses offer apprenticeships - some as few as one a year, while others have hundreds up for grabs.
Now in its seventh year, the initiative, which runs between March 3 and March 7, is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service.
In recent years we have seen short training courses being described as "apprenticeships".

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