Swindon South MP Robert Buckland has visited one of Swindon's largest employers to meet apprentices as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
Robert met a group of apprentices and learned more about the vital role they play within the building society.
“I really enjoyed meeting a group of engaged and enthusiastic apprentices today here at Nationwide," he said.
"I was pleased to have had the opportunity to talk about how their apprenticeships are working, what their aspirations are and why they chose this path.
"It was good to discuss degree apprenticeships as a growing opportunity for young people who want an alternative to University.
“Apprenticeships give young people the skills they need to succeed in life, in a role they want to make progress in.
"They give employers the opportunity to mould and shape the workforce and deliver skills with real value in the jobs market.”
Gill Hill, director of engagement and Leadership at Nationwide added: “Nationwide was pleased to welcome Robert to meet with some of our new apprentices.
"Our apprenticeship programme gives us access to high quality talent we need to ensure the Society continues to thrive and offer the best service to our members.
“At Nationwide our apprentices are very much part of the team. They join the Society in real jobs from the start of their employment and with a starting salary of circa £16,000.
"We are excited to be increasing our focus on degree apprenticeships while still welcoming apprentices studying at various levels.”