City & Guilds in Parliament

Parliamentary reception for Apprenticeship Week

06 April 2012

On Tuesday 7 February, City & Guilds and Business in the Community (BITC) held a reception at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2012.

The event brought together MPs, employers, apprentices and sector representatives to discuss ways to create more apprenticeship places in UK industry. The event was hosted by Stephen Lloyd MP, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning.

Attendees at the event included apprentices from Costain and Channel 4, who shared their stories. Alex Vaughan, Corporate Development Director at Costain, also spoke and announced that his organisation has grown its apprenticeship scheme from just five apprentices in 2008 to 150 in 2012.

Million Extra update

CEO and Director General of City & Guilds, Chris Jones, used the occasion to share the latest news about City & Guilds’ Million Extra campaign. ‘The campaign aims to create one million new apprenticeships by summer 2013,’ he said.

‘One year in to the campaign and we are well on the way to achieving our aims. Some 457,200 apprentices started an apprenticeship in 2010/11 – that’s a 63% increase over the same period the year before.’

Jones also highlighted the importance of engaging with others to help meet the Million Extra ambition. ‘Whether you are an employer, an apprentice or a member of government, make your voice and views heard – advocate apprenticeships in your professional networks and help others understand the benefits.’


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