Waitrose & Partners in Monmouth marked National Apprenticeship Week with a visit from local MP David Davies.
Mr Davies spent time chatting to apprentices Ally Szwagrzak, Jake Williams and Mark Booth at the Monnow Street store.
He heard how enrolling into an apprenticeship with Waitrose & Partners covers a wide variety of areas, from butchery to digital marketing.
Ally Szwagrzak, who has been on the pathways to retail management apprenticeship since November 2018 said: “David Davies wanted to know more about our apprenticeships, how it was set up and more about our backgrounds.
“I wanted to do an apprenticeship to help my progression and take the next step up. Ultimately I would like to be a branch manager.”
Mr Davies said: “Too many people are under the impression that you have to go to university in order to get on in life but this is no longer the case.
“There are many companies like Waitrose which offer excellent apprenticeship schemes that can lead to a well-paid career and degree-level qualifications – and you can earn a salary at the same time.
“Most people seem to think that apprenticeships are only for the very young so it was great to meet somebody in their 30s who is training as an apprentice.
“I would like to thank Waitrose for showcasing its apprenticeship opportunities. There are obviously many other good examples out there and I hope that people of all ages give thought to the great learning experiences available through apprenticeship schemes."