Apprenticeships are key to growing the economy and getting young people into work, Catherine Bearder MEP has said.
Catherine welcomed new figures which have shown a rise in the number of apprenticeships across Kent on a visit to Rosemary Shrager's cookery school.
Since 2010, over 20,000 young people have been given the opportunity of embarking on a scheme in the county. Meanwhile, 920 people started apprenticeships in Tunbridge Wells, according to Government figures.
Rosemary Shrager's cookery school, in Tunbridge Wells, is planning to start an apprenticeship programme and Catherine was able to hear plans to help local young people develop a career in the food industry.
Catherine said: "Apprenticeships are a brilliant way for young people to learn a trade and get the experience necessary for a successful career.
"Apprenticeships also allow us to build a stronger economy, with a highly-skilled and flexible workforce. I'm looking forward to coming back to Tunbridge Wells to see Rosemary's plans in full swing."
Rosemary said: "I have a keen eye on future local chefs and we are excited that the development of the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School apprenticeship programme is fast progressing.
"We hope to welcome our first apprentices to the school in the Autumn."