This week is National Apprenticeship Week.
Across the country businesses, schools, colleges, and universities are working together – with support from the government – to celebrate apprenticeships and encourage young people to take them up.
On Friday I’m jointly hosting a drop-in information event with the National Apprentice Service from 10.30am – 12.30pm for businesses interested in taking on an apprentice, so come and see me.
The drop-in is being held at the Parlour, a gastro pub on Beech Road in Chorlton which took on an apprentice after I contacted them last year. I contacted over 1,200 businesses in the constituency highlighting National Apprenticeship Week in 2012, which saw the number of apprentices rise from 350 to 630 across my constituency. I’ve contacted businesses again this year and am hoping for an even bigger increase in 2013.
Thanks to my Liberal Democrat colleagues in government, young people in Manchester have benefited from over 11,000 new apprenticeships since 2010, with nearly 1,500 in my constituency alone. That’s almost double the amount created under Labour.
Apprenticeships are a vital part of the Liberal Democrats’ plan to re-balance our economy away from casino banking. They are also fantastic value for money. Economists reckon every £1 the government spends on apprenticeships boosts our wider economy by £18.
There are some exciting events taking place this week in Manchester – click here if you want to find out more about what’s happening in your area.