Call for Local Businesses to Take on More Apprentices

Mary Macleod will host forum to help young people find jobs


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A conference aimed at Chiswick business leaders could see more young people employed as apprentices, as an alternative to higher education.

Local MP Mary Macleod has invited business leaders to a breakfast conference to learn about the benefits and procedures for taking on apprentices. The Brentford and Isleworth MP will host the event with contributions from the National Apprenticeship Service, and employers that have succeeded in integrating apprenticeships into their businesses. In a letter to local business leaders Mary said;

I strongly believe in the value of apprenticeships. They give both young people and adults an opportunity to learn skills in a work-based setting. I welcome the latest figures that show that more than 100,000 people started an apprenticeship this year compared to last year’s figures and I want to build on this newly gained momentum. I want to encourage the change in attitude in apprenticeships as a viable alternative to higher education.

For the 2011-12 academic year, the Government’s forecast is to fund over 360,000 apprenticeship places. I look forward to seeing apprenticeships increase, which will help to train Britain’s workforce and support economic growth.

This event will be an ideal opportunity for small, medium and large companies to learn how apprenticeships can lead to increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force says Mary Macleod.

Date :                 Tuesday 31 st January 2012

Time :                 09:00-11:00

Please RSVP to confirm attendance. The venue,which will be in Chiswick, will be confirmed at a later date.

January 6, 2012