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NHS meets public sector apprenticeship targets

26th February 2010

The NHS has been successful in meeting previously agreed targets on the creation of new public sector apprenticeships.

Health secretary Andy Burnham revealed that the health service has now recruited in excess of 5,000 additional apprentices, in line with quotas established by Gordon Brown last year.

The prime minister committed to the creation of an additional 21,000 public sector apprenticeships in February 2009, with the NHS and social care services vowing to provide a “major contribution”.

Mr Burnham said the creation of the new jobs will help young people to learn life-enriching skills as well as providing trained clinical staff for the health service.

He added: “We must do all we can to provide high quality routes into jobs so that we can ensure we have a highly skilled and highly motivated NHS workforce for future generations.”

Last week, Mr Burnham stated that further improvements to the NHS are to be made by introducing a wider range of home-based care options for patients.

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