MORE young people from south Shropshire are being considered to take up apprenticeships.

They were able to see some of the options available at an event in Cleobury Mortimer.

Ludlow MP Philip Dunne is backing the efforts to get more young people to become apprentices as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

He visited Cleobury Country, a social enterprise which hired its first apprentice, Vicki Harris, in January.

National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service to promote the positive impact apprenticeships can have on individuals, companies and specific sectors of the economy.

“Apprenticeships can be a great way for young people to gain job specific skills, qualifications and experience,” said Philip Dunne.

“They also are a practical way for many to undergo training, as individuals earn as they train.”

Vicki Harris, a former Ludlow College student from Clows Top, joined Cleobury Country in January, having approached County Training for help finding an apprenticeship.

“I am very happy to be here. I am learning more about the world of work every day,” Vicki said.

“This is my first job, so as well as developing my work skills."

The next monthly meeting of the Cleobury Mortimer Business Network will be held on Wednesday March 19 at Cleobury Country at 6pm, and will focus on apprenticeships.

Vicki Harris will be on hand with Gavin Owen from Country Training to explain how the apprenticeship scheme works. There will also be information events running throughout the county including in Ludlow during April.