Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart has returned to Appleby Training and Heritage Centre for an update on the centre’s current provision and their apprenticeship schemes.

During the meeting with Jonty Rostron,Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Centre Manager Hayley Chapman, Rory made it absolutely clear that he would do everything possible to preserve the apprenticeship scheme, which has been threatened following a takeover of Carlisle College by Newcastle College.

The Appleby Training and Heritage Centre provides a range of accredited and non-accredited courses for people of all ages, with a particular focus on vocational education. The centre prides itself on equipping students with practical skills which are easily transferable in a competitive job market, and their work is greatly endorsed by local MP Rory Stewart who says that the centre has helped the Eden Valley achieve its highest employment figures since 1942.

Speaking after the visit, Rory said: “The Appleby Training and Heritage Centre is a fantastic local asset, especially for young people who might otherwise struggle to access vocational training opportunities. The apprenticeship scheme has been a resounding success and must be protected in the face of potential funding issues. Apprenticeships such as these allow young Cumbrians to learn a trade while earning a living at the same time, and are key to maintaining a strong local economy.

The opportunities offered to students from Appleby Grammar School and Kirkby Stephen Grammar School are also particularly impressive – providing a wider range of options and a better chance for young people to pursue their ambitions and reach their full potential after leaving school.”


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