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Kingston apprentice showcased at launch of PM’s new scheme

Kingston apprentice miguel faria stands with nadhim zahawi mp and lisa jarvis from kingston adult education

Kingston apprentice, Miguel Faria joined Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Prime Minister's Apprentice Advisor last month to launch a new scheme to bring apprentices into primary schools.

Joined by 29 other apprentices from around the country, the Primary Futures Apprenticeship scheme is a response to the government’s recently introduced target of having 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

Mr Faria recently completed his apprenticeship at Brunswick Surgery in Surbiton and is now a permanent member of staff which shows the importance of fostering career pathways in young people sooner and supporting local businesses.

On attending the launch, Kingston apprentice Miguel Faria said: 

“It was a great opportunity to be asked to attend the launch - I spent time talking with the primary school children who were really keen to find out more about what I do. I’ve learnt so much from my apprenticeship, and I’ve now been offered a permanent job and the opportunity to train and mentor a new apprentice at the surgery, which is brilliant. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone.”

Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education and Skills at Kingston Council, added:

“Our borough’s apprenticeship scheme was specifically chosen because of our good Ofsted rating and our excellent achievement rates. Kingston is also one of the top 100 highest-performing apprenticeship providers in the country, which is proof of the hard work of the students and staff at Kingston Adult Education.

“We are having particular success with apprenticeships in doctors surgeries, with apprentices being placed in over 75 per cent of the surgeries within the borough last year. I’m confident that we can continue to improve and develop this important service for young people in Kingston.”

To find out more about Council-run apprenticeships, see jobs.