27th Jun, 2022

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary visits University of Warwick during National Apprenticeships Week

LABOUR’S Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson MP visited WMG Degree Apprenticeships Centre at the University of Warwick to mark National Apprenticeships Week.

Mrs Phillipson met with apprentices and staff for a tour of the centre, before a roundtable discussion with local employers from WMG and the Federation of Small Businesses.

They discussed plans to ensure young people leaving education were ready for work and ready for life with the skills the country needs to prosper.

Mrs Phillipson said: “I visited the centre to find out about all the amazing work it is doing to support young people into apprenticeships.

“It’s also clear we need to see a lot more apprenticeships start in order to allow businesses in the region to expand and to grow.

“Within the last decade, nationally we’ve seen 200,000 fewer apprenticeships start in that time.”

Mrs Phillipson said it was clear from the discussions she had with the young people at the centre that there also needed to be better career guidance in schools.

“Young people need to be more aware of the opportunities that are available to them.

“Most importantly, we need to see more apprenticeship starts created.”

She said Labour was pushing the Government to do a lot more for the country’s young people, including a plan to create 100,000 more apprentices using funding already sat in in the department.

“There is money there to be spent and we know that young people want that opportunity.”

 

Support community journalism by making a contribution

The Coventry Observer's team of journalists provide a trusted source of news, sport, entertainment and events going on in your area and issues which matter to you - both via our free weekly print edition and daily updates on our website.

Every contribution, however big or small, you can make will help us continue to do that now and in the future.

Thanks for reading this and the Coventry Observer.


Support Us

Are you on Facebook?

Like or follow our Facebook page - facebook.com/CovObserver to get daily news updates straight to your news feed.

Buy Photos

Buy photos online from the Coventry Observer newspaper.

Property Finder 24/7

Search for properties in Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Coventry Observer.