Gordon opened the cross-party All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Apprenticeships to a packed room in Parliament. There were around 70 attendees present from across industry. Gordon was on the panel with Julia Chippendale, MD at EAL, Janet Hull OBE, Director of Creative Pioneers, and two apprentices from the Industry Apprentice Council.
Gordon chaired the panel as Julia, Janet and the two apprentices made relevant commentary about careers advice and how to reach out to parents, schools and young people. While there has been significant progress over the past 5 years with apprenticeships, careers advice is still a major issue. Advice about undertaking an apprenticeship is simply not as available as advice on UCAS or university applications is.
According to the IAC’s recent survey, 40% of those asked had received inadequate careers advice, with 5% having received no advice whatsoever. The audience were able to contribute and we managed to create a buzz on Twitter using the hashtag #UKApprenticeships. There is still much to do but it was great to see so many people in the room, concerned with the issue of apprenticeships.
Gordon has been the Government Apprenticeships Spokesman since 2012 and has been the driving force behind the 2 million increase in apprenticeships in this government. In Burnley and Padiham, we have had over 4,300 new apprenticeships since 2010 thanks to Gordon's hard work.