On Friday 10th March Rob celebrated the 10th Anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week with apprentices and apprenticeship providers in Reading town centre.
Rob visited the National Apprenticeship roadshow stand on Broad Street, Reading to meet with apprentices Ellie Stanford, currently studying Level 3 Business Administration, and Tom Gascoyne, who has just begun his apprenticeship in Level 2 Marketing with Henley College.
Rob also met with providers Chiltern Training, Henley College, Activate Learning, UKTD, QA Apprenticeships, Bracknell and Wokingham College and Kaplan to hear about the courses currently on offer and their experiences with apprentices.
The 10th National Apprenticeship Week brought together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and sought to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.
Speaking after the visit, Rob said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for young people to earn and learn valuable skills within their chosen industry. This option has become increasingly popular for those exploring their career options; during the last Parliament alone we saw the biggest ever increase with over two million people starting an apprenticeship.
“I am proud to say that since 2010 there have been over 4000 apprenticeship starts within Reading East. Ellie and Tom were at different stages of their apprenticeships and it was great to hear about their experiences and the skills that they are building.
“A number of apprenticeship providers will be attending my upcoming Disability Confident: Access to Work Job Fair on the 31st March in the penta hotel. This will be a great opportunity for job seekers to explore their options and see if an apprenticeship is right for them.
“I wish Ellie and Tom all the best with the rest of their apprenticeships and I encourage everyone to explore this incredible option to earn and learn!”
Sheree Douthwaite, Business Development Manager for Chiltern Training said, “We are always aiming to raise the profile of Apprenticeships. National Apprenticeship week is great way to do this. Chiltern Training along with Henley College, Activate Learning, UKTD, QA, Bracknell and Wokingham and Kaplan came together for the Apprenticeship Roadshow to raise the bar for Apprenticeship’s and the opportunities this can bring.
“An Apprenticeship is a great way to get your foot on the ladder while earning and learning at the same time and the Roadshow was to show that there are opportunities in most sectors. We spoke to many parents and grandparents and it was fantastic to see Rob Wilson supporting us on Friday by coming along to our stand.”