Ilkeston MP Jessica Lee has put local apprenticeships in the spotlight in the House of Commons e backing of Prime Minister David Cameron.
During a Westminster debate on apprenticeships during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), Jessica said to Mr Cameron: “We have a proud and strong history of supporting apprenticeships across a range of sectors.
“With National Apprenticeship Week taking place next month, does my right hon. Friend agree that the emphasis and drive of this Government on increasing apprenticeships, for men and women, is exactly what is needed to support people getting back into work and training?”
To which the PM replied: “The Government have invested record amounts in apprenticeships. More than 1.5 million people have started apprenticeships, many of whom come from the East Midlands, including those whom I met with her in her constituency.
“Again, those are not just statistics. Each and every one of those apprentices is someone who is getting a chance, a skill, a job and an opportunity to build a life for themselves and to build that stability, peace of mind and security that should be the birthright of every single person in our country.”
Since being elected in 2010, Jessica has campaigned to get more young people on apprenticeships.
Speaking on the subject Jessica said: “Local businesses have really come on board with this and are giving our young people skills for life.
“In the 2012/13 academic year 1,220 people started an apprenticeship in Erewash, I would appeal to any business looking to expand, to consider an apprentice as an option.”