Burnley and Padiham MP Gordon Birtwistle visited DEFRA Minister Dan Rogerson MP’s constituency in North Cornwall earlier this week as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2015.
The Government Apprenticeship Ambassador, Gordon Birtwistle, was invited by Dan Rogerson to see examples of apprenticeship starts in Cornwall and encourage local companies to employ more apprentices. The end of this Parliament marks the creation of 2.1million apprentices by the Liberal Democrats in Government, something which both Gordon and Dan have both campaigned hard for.
Gordon and North Cornwall’s MP Dan Rogerson visited Daften Die-Casting in Wadebridge and Padstow Brewing Company on Trecerus Industrial Estatre to discuss how the Government can make it easier for businesses in Cornwall to take on an apprentice. Visiting both companies was also an excellent opportunity to discuss the challenges of delivering apprenticeships in rural areas.
Commenting the Burnley MP said:
“It was a pleasure to visit Dan Rogerson in North Cornwall yesterday and to meet local employers doing a wonderful job by providing opportunities and choice to local young people. Apprenticeships are making a real difference in North Cornwall and across the UK as they have benefits for both the young person and the company they are employed by.
“Apprenticeships are crucial to the recovering economy as they boost business productivity and give young people the skills they need to get on in the world of work. This week I am celebrating National Apprenticeships Week 2015 and am enormously proud of the progress Liberal Democrats in government have made in increasing quality and quantity of apprenticeships.”
Dan Rogerson, DEFRA Minister and North Cornwall MP added:
“I’ve made creating more apprenticeship opportunities in North Cornwall a priority in Coalition Government and I am delighted that the number of apprenticeship starts in our area since 2010 has now passed the 4,000 mark.
“Companies like Daften in Wadebridge and Padstow Brewing Company in Padstow are clear that apprentices can benefit small and medium sized businesses that make up the backbone of our economy in rural North Cornwall.
“But we need to do more to make sure that the support is available for businesses to take on and train an apprentice. I want to see the next government commit to expanding apprenticeships and improving the financial support available to businesses who give young people an opportunity to earn and learn.”