Firms at Wilton will be the very first in the country to have complete freedom over how their apprentices are trained with government cash.
The bid was spearheaded by Sembcorp on behalf of the Wilton site, and is due to be finalised next month.
The bid leaders spoke exclusively to our Industrial Correspondent Rachel Bullock in this report below.
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