Apprentices and employers celebrate successes at Westminster – Jenny Willott MP

September 10, 2013 9:06 AM


Last week Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg welcomed apprentices and employers to Parliament for the day to celebrate their successes.

Liberal Democrat MPs and Peers including Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, were invited to bring a local apprentice and their employer to Parliament for the day.

Joining Jenny Willott were a group from electronics corporation Panasonic's office in Jenny's constituency of Cardiff Central - apprentice Christian Went, Director of Home Appliance Division and Site Services Conrad McDonogh, and HR Advisor Lynne Haines.

Apprentices and their employers had the chance to quiz Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during a question and answer session, as well as having their photograph taken with the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

"The Liberal Democrats have helped to create a million jobs, now we want to create a million more and apprenticeships are crucial to that.

"Apprenticeships create new opportunities for young men and women and provide businesses with the loyal and capable staff they need to compete and expand.

"To see how much these young people have achieved through apprenticeships is inspirational. These young people are a credit to themselves, their employers, and an asset to our businesses.

"I want to see apprenticeships viewed as a much more mainstream route to work."

Commenting Jenny Willott MP said:

"Apprenticeships are a crucial building block for the stronger economy and fairer society we all want to see. Through apprenticeships young people can develop the skills they need for their future careers. They are learning, not just in a classroom or lecture theatre but in the working environment, and they are getting paid for it. And for employers apprenticeships are incredibly useful in building up a loyal workforce with the skills they need."

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