Siemens in Lincoln will be taking on even more apprentices this year as part of a national scheme.
Across the county, Siemens is taking on 160 apprentices, double of last year’s figure.
The majority of the new apprentices will work in the energy sector, looking at growth and investment renewable energy and green technology.
Siemens’ apprenticeships are aimed at those leaving school with A-Levels, as an alternative to university, but with an option to progress into a Bachelor of Engineering course.
In Lincoln, this could be undertaken at the new School of Engineering, a partnership between the University of Lincoln and Siemens.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg took a tour of a gas turbine plant in Berlin to meet a number of apprentices for the company (pictured).
He said: “Apprenticeships give young people an invaluable opportunity to learn on the job and allow employers like Siemens to build a workforce with the practical skills their business needs.
“It is a telling fact that Sir William Siemens himself, who founded Siemens in the UK 169 years ago, progressed from the shop floor to the top floor, having started his career as an apprentice.”
Toby Peyton-Jones, director of Human Resources at Siemens plc and North West Europe said: “We see apprenticeships as a great career path that can lead all the way to the top and the fact that in September 2012 we are taking on more apprentices than graduates for the first time in many years, shows that vocational route is regaining its rightful place in the aspirations of our young people in the UK.”