Workforce of the future

MPs Dave Watts and Shaun Woodward meet St Helens Council apprentices as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2012.
MPs Dave Watts and Shaun Woodward meet St Helens Council apprentices as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2012.
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BOTH St Helens MPs gave their backing to National Apprenticeship Week when they met up with a group of council apprentices.

During a joint visit to the Town Hall, Dave Watts and Shaun Woodward both took time out to chat to some of the council’s 87 apprentices - including business administration apprentice Emma Harris and horticulture apprentice Alex Rimmer.

Mr Woodward, the MP for St Helens South and Whiston, said: “The apprenticeship scheme is a real win-win situation for everyone involved. They give young people job-specific skills, as well as a wage – while at the same time ensuring there is a supply of skilled labour for employers in the years ahead.”

Mr Watts, the MP for St Helens North, agreed: “By training for nationally-recognised qualifications, apprentices make themselves more employable in the long-term. There’s a big demand for places on apprenticeship schemes and we urgently need more employers to come forward to help train the workforce of the future.”

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff. And, off the job, usually on a day-release basis, they receive training for nationally-recognised qualifications.

Any over 16 who is not in full-time education can apply.