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.