Over 4,000 apprenticeship starts in North Cornwall over the past 5 years have boosted business productivity and given young people the skills they need to get on in the world of work.
That was the verdict of Gordon Birtwistle, the Government’s Apprenticeships Ambassador, on a visit to the area on Tuesday (10th March) to mark National Apprenticeships Week 2015.
Gordon Birtwistle started his working life as a craft engineering apprentice. After being elected the Lib Dem MP for Burnley in Lancashire in 2010 he became one of the few MPs who have served an apprenticeship and was appointed by Vince Cable as the Government’s Apprenticeships Ambassador.
He focuses on promoting apprenticeships for both businesses and for young people, making sure the right support is available to local employers looking to take on an apprentice, as well as looking at what more needs to be done by the next government to encourage a rise in the quantity and quality of apprenticeships.
Mr Birtwistle and North Cornwall’s MP Dan Rogerson visited Daften Die-Casting in Wadebridge and Padstow Brewing Company on Trecerus Industrial Estate to discuss how the Government can make it easier for businesses in Cornwall to take on an apprentice.
Speaking after his visit Gordon Birtwistle said:
“It was a pleasure to visit Dan Rogerson in North Cornwall and to meet local employers doing a wonderful job by providing opportunities and choice to local young people. Apprenticeships are making a real difference in Cornwall and across the UK as they have benefits for both the young person and the company they are employed by.
“Apprenticeships are crucial to the recovering economy as they boost business productivity and give young people the skills they need to get on in the world of work. This week I am celebrating National Apprenticeships Week 2015 and am enormously proud of the progress Liberal Democrats in government have made in increasing quality and quantity of apprenticeships.”
Local MP Dan Rogerson added:
“I’ve made creating more apprenticeship opportunities in North Cornwall a priority in Coalition Government and I am delighted that the number of apprenticeship starts in our area since 2010 has now passed the 4,000 mark.
“Companies like Daften in Wadebridge and Padstow Brewing Company in Padstow are clear that apprentices can benefit small and medium sized businesses that make up the backbone of our economy in rural North Cornwall.
“But we need to do more to make sure that the support is available for businesses to take on and train an apprentice. I want to see the next government commit to expanding apprenticeships and improving the financial support available to businesses who give young people an opportunity to earn and learn.”