Duncan welcomed Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander to Wiltshire on Friday for a speech to local business leaders at the Wessex Chambers of Commerce and a visit to automotive systems engineering firm Anthony Best Dynamics in Bradford on Avon.
At Anthony Best Dynamics, Duncan and Danny met University of Bath graduates and apprentices and heard about their experiences building careers in advanced engineering.
“I’m proud to be able to bring a Cabinet Minister to Wiltshire and show him a world-class advanced engineering firm that helps our economy grow and provides high-skilled jobs to people here. We were both also very pleased to meet some of the many young people working and learning at local businesses.
“Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to gain the workplace skills employers need, enabling them to get on in life. Keen, hard-working apprentices also help the businesses that take them on to thrive and grow. That’s why I encourage the local businesses I meet to offer as many apprenticeships as possible, helping to grow their business and build a stronger economy here in Wiltshire.”
Since 2010, more than 1.6 million people have started apprenticeships in the UK, including more than 2,300 in the Chippenham constituency.