In celebrating National Apprenticeship Week West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper visited local business Clear Motors and GAM Electrical who both provide apprenticeship opportunities for young people.
During the visit Rosie met and chatted to the business owners and the three apprentices about their work and how they are all benefiting from the apprenticeship scheme.
MP Rosie said:
“With record levels of youth unemployment and the tough economy it is encouraging to see local companies offering apprenticeship opportunities to local young people.
“It is important that we acknowledge those companies who are providing these young people with a chance to learn a trade.
“As the three young apprentices I met show, all they needed was someone to show a bit of faith in them.”
“I also hope that through this visit and National Apprenticeship Week can encourage more local businesses to provide more opportunities and give young people a chance to get into the workplace.”
Clear Motors owner Paul Birch and Graham Meadley of GAM Electrical said:
“As small local businesses we are delighted to be in a position to offer apprenticeship opportunities to local young people. We know from when we started out how difficult it can be to get your first chance.
“Through apprenticeships we get well-trained, qualified tradesmen. The apprentices get on the job practical training to develop their skills, which is then backed-up by qualifications from local further education colleges.
“We would certainly support offering apprenticeship opportunities both for the benefit of the young people but also for the benefit of our businesses.
Set up by Labour in 2008, National Apprenticeship Week offers a great opportunity to emphasise the importance of technical and practical education, and celebrate the achievements of apprentices.