“We’re very proud of our apprentices”, said David Williams Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, “I want to see more local businesses investing in apprenticeship training.”
Speaking at Labour Party Annual Conference in Brighton David Williams continued, “An apprenticeship is one of the best ways to start your working life. I was a Rolls Royce apprentice in Crewe and I want to see many more young people have the same opportunities that I did.”
Chris Steele and Rob King both made the trip down to Brighton at the invitation of David Williams. They had a brief meeting with the Prime Minister and then met Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper, before going on the conference stage for a debate on jobs and training. Rob and Chris are both electrical engineering apprentices, in their second year, at Bombardier in Crewe.
David Williams concluded, “We cannot afford to lose another generation to unemployment or jobs without training. Many of my school friends left school in the 1980s recession and went straight on the dole. The only provision for them was YTS, a dead-end scheme with no training, prospects or hope.
“That is totally wrong and we must make sure the current generation of school leavers are looked after. So I was really pleased that the Government introduced the September Guarantee, ensuring that all this year’s school leavers had a place in an apprenticeship, sixth-form or further education college. It’s a historic commitment that no previous government has ever made.”
Pictured (left-right): Chris Steele, David Williams, Yvette Cooper, Rob King.