Local MPs Tom Brake and Paul Burstow championed apprenticeship programs at the end of last month at an event for sixth formers at Carshalton Boys Sports College.
The MPs promoted apprenticeships as an alternative to university, and a great way for young people to earn while they learn.
Mr. Brake and Mr. Burstow stressed that apprenticeship programs are not just good for young people, but good for the entire community, helping to cut youth unemployment and providing skilled new workers for local businesses.
Tom Brake MP commented on apprenticeships’ value to local employers:
“Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to young people, enabling everyone in Britain to get on in life.
They offer real skills, real experience and a real salary, they are a great way for young people to kick-start their career. And they can be fun as i learnt when trying my hand at being both a baker and hairdressing apprentice at Carshalton College. Apprenticeships bring real, measurable benefits to employers.”
Paul Burstow MP spoke to students about getting into a successful career:
“Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for young people to take the important first step toward the careers they want. Earning a good wage while learning the skills you need means you get the best of both worlds.
Opportunities are expanding all the time, and there are apprenticeship programs available in virtually every type of job you can think of. It’s important for young people to know that university is a great path for some, but it’s not the only option in getting a successful career.”
Callum Morton, an apprentice in Tom Brake MP’s office, also spoke at the event and added his enthusiasm:
“Choosing an apprenticeship over a degree was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It built up my CV and my confidence.
"Full-time education and university isn't for everyone. I know there are many people out there who feel the same. If you are looking for an alternative path to your dream job than going to university, it's definitely a good idea to look into what an apprenticeship could offer you.”
The event concluded with a helpful question and answer session with the students. Both MPs plan to hold similar events at local schools in the future.