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Skills Minister shadows BT apprentices

Skills Minister Lord Young spent yesterday meeting and shadowing apprentices at BT’s Primrose Hill Telephone Exchange in London.

His visit marked the end of Apprenticeship Week 2009, which saw activities take place across the country to promote the benefits that apprentices bring to businesses and the economy.

As a former telecommunications apprentice, Lord Young knows first hand how Apprenticeships can help boost an individual’s career prospects.

Lord Young commented: "For me, an Apprenticeship was the ideal way to learn transferable skills, not only for the industry that I began my career but also for life in general."

On visiting the exchange, Lord Young took the opportunity to shadow BT Openreach apprentices: Christopher Edwards and Joshua Maclean. The Skills Minister was shown the work they do on the exchange’s main distribution frame. He also took the chance to meet apprentices from BT Operate, Nicholas Fan and Sally Gentry, along with several other first year apprentices who were onsite during the day.

"Spending the day with apprentices at BT is an enriching and encouraging experience as I get to see first hand how the Government’s commitment to and success in the revival of Apprenticeships and the dedication of employers and apprentices have come together to make things happen," he added.

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