THE CITY’S MP has said he found it inspirational to hear from former apprentices as he hosted a round table discussion to promote the idea.
MP Robin Walker spoke to businesses, apprentices and schools at the Worcestershire County Cricket Club last Thursday (January 22) in a bid to get the message across in the week he says Worcester’s youth unemployment figures reached a record low.
Mr Walker, who sits on the select committee for business innovation and skills, listened to feedback from city apprentices about what had encouraged them to go into the schemes.
“It has been a huge achievement of the coalition government to double the number of apprenticeships and to achieve the milestone of two million across the UK,” Mr Walker said.
“It was inspiring to hear from some former apprentices achieving success and promotion within their firms.
“I am really excited about the prospect of the next government creating another million opportunities for people to thrive, learn and earn in this way.
“I want to make sure businesses, schools, colleges and parents all understand the variety of opportunities available and appreciate the quality of modern apprenticeships.
“These are real gateways into a career.”
Some of those present included Worcester Bosch, Yamazaki Mazak, St John’s Windows and Doors, Worcester Cathedral, Heart of Worcestershire College, Sactuary Group, Bishop Perowne College and Worcester Sixth Form College.