Education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has underlined the vital role of further education and skills.
On his first visit in post, Williamson visited the Royal Mail’s mail centre in Leeds, where he met and spoke with some of the company’s 460 apprentices.
Williamson said, “Further education and skills will be a big priority for this government and it’s fantastic to see, first-hand today, how apprenticeships can help people land a great job and embark on a brilliant career.
“We are reforming technical education and apprenticeships are offering excellent options for everyone while helping our country build the skilled workforce it needs for a productive economy.
“That’s particularly important as we prepare to leave the EU and I’m determined to do all I can to make sure more people and businesses take advantage of these excellent opportunities.”