MP meets local Apprentices

June 24, 2013 2:49 PM

Last Friday, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake paid a visit to Carshalton College to find out what goes into a modern apprenticeship.

Tom, who has an apprentice in his own office, heard first-hand about the experience of combining earning with learning when he met with a group of young people who are currently gaining their apprenticeship through Carshalton College.

Tom said: "The youn Tom Brake with Andrew Hodge, Electrical Installation apprentice and a co-owner of Theobald and Hodge Electrical.”g people I met certainly make excellent ambassadors for apprenticeships. It is clear that Carshalton College, in conjunction with local businesses, does outstanding work in training young people. It was a pleasure to speak to the apprentices and hear about the positive impact the scheme is having on their careers."

"The visit emphasized the crucial role that colleges and employers have in offering new, creative ways of working and training for young people. I passionately believe in the value of apprenticeship and will work hard to raise the profile of apprenticeships in our local area."

During the visit, Tom learned about the apprenticeship programmes offered by the College and met with several apprentices in various industries, including Hospitality and Catering, Electrical Installation and Construction and Plumbing. The MP had a chance to find out first-hand about the value of apprenticeships and hear many success stories, including the story of one student, Andrew Hodge, who had set up his own electrical business while still an apprentice.

Apprentices gain their qualification by attending college part-time and work for an employer for the rest of the week. The Government is aiming to create 100,000 more apprenticeship positions by 2014. Throwing his support behind the campaign, Tom added: "Building a skilled workforce is crucial part of forging an economy based on sustainable growth. Taking on an apprentice is not charity, it is good business sense. Business leaders I've spoken to agree that apprentices add real value to their company. I would like to encourage more employers to think about taking one on." For more information on apprenticeships offered at Carshalton College, please go to

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