As part of this year's commemorations to mark 100 years since the start of World War One, the National Apprenticeship Service and Ministry of Defence are running a joint campaign ‘Made by apprentices 1914-2014’ to recognise centenary employers. As a long-standing and excellent contributor to apprenticeships, Gordon Birtwistle MP and Government Apprenticeship Ambassador will be joining employers to discuss and encourage the delivery of high quality apprentices.
Apprentices have helped employers develop a skilled and qualiﬁed workforce for the last century and play a crucial role in the economy today. With dignitaries from government, the Armed Forces and across the business world attending, the event will recognise the 100 Centenary Employers - from multi-nationals through to small businesses - who have championed apprentices over the last 100 years.
“I am delighted to join the MOD and National Apprenticeship Service today to mark 100 years of hard work championing apprenticeships," said Gordon, "The Liberal Democrats in Government have achieved a record number of 1.8 million apprentices and I am proud to have played a part in that.
“In order to balance the economy and solve youth unemployment, apprenticeships offer a great solution. Not only that, they provide on-the-job training and a wage with no university debts. Finally, our message is starting to reach parents, teachers and young people as this alternative career path is paving the way to many successful young people.”
The event will be held on the ﬂight deck of a serving naval battleship HMS St. Albans, a Type 23 Frigate. HMS St. Albans will be moored alongside HMS Belfast on the River Thames to mark the event.