John Leech has been a vocal campaigner for apprenticeships, tirelessly encouraging local businesses to take on apprentices over the years. Since 2010, he has helped to create 2,720 apprenticeships in Manchester Withington.
Apprentices receive training, on the job work experience and a step up the career ladder, while businesses can take a leadership role in the community and expand their workforces.
The benefits of apprenticeships are clear: a fifth of all apprentices progress to higher education while higher-level apprenticeships can boost lifetime earnings by ┬ú150,000.
Apprenticeships have been an important part of Manchester's rebounding economy. At the end of 2014, unemployment in south Manchester was down by 624 compared with the same time in 2013.
John's work reflects the efforts of Liberal Democrats in government. Since 2010, more than two million apprenticeships have been created across England.
The creation of more apprenticeships represents just one way that John has delivered in his many years of service to the community.