MP’s backing for apprentices
July 06, 2012
Apprentices should have the same status as university graduates – that is the view of Reading West MP Alok Sharma.
Mr Sharma was speaking at an awards ceremony at Reading Town Hall held by Chiltern Training to present certificates to learners who have recently completed an apprenticeship.
Reading-based Chiltern Training is currently training about 400 young people for apprenticeships in child care and business administration.
The awards ceremony was attended by friends and families of 36 trainees who were presented with certificates during the evening.
Mr Sharma said: “Apprenticeships form a vital part of the Government’s plans for economic growth and education reforms to give opportunities to more young people.
“The Government has delivered the biggest boost ever to apprenticeships with the number of people starting apprenticeships increasing by more than 160,000 compared with last year.
“I know that the Government’s ultimate goal is to see apprentices achieve equivalent esteem and status with university graduates, so that a place on an apprenticeship scheme is as valued as one at a university.”
He continued: “I was pleased to present the certificates which represent a huge amount of hard work and commitment on the part of the successful students.
“Best wishes to all of them as they enter the work place or go on to further studies.”
Elizabeth Boyd CEO at Chiltern Training said: “We were delighted and proud to have Alok Sharma present our apprenticeship certificates and join with our students in celebrating their success.
“There were 36 students who received their certificates at the graduation ceremony in Reading Town Hall.
“Earlier this year, Alok Sharma supported our National Apprenticeship Week activities by accepting the Chiltern Challenge and having a go at learning a new skill as an apprentice in child care.”