The number of apprentices in the Midlands has increased by more than ten per cent in the last year, according to the National Apprenticeship Service.
Mondelez, which owns Cadbury's, is one employer in the Midlands investing in apprenticeship schemes. It's predicted within ten years, the number of apprentices will rise by 85 per cent, which the government says will help rebuild the economy.
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