I was delighted to read on the Wirral Globe Website that Wirral West Conservative Member of Parliament, Esther McVey, a strong advocate and supporter of apprenticeship schemes is to launch her own. During a debate in Parliament, she said, “It’s vitally important that we keep investing in our young people and lead by example,” and called on all Members of Parliament to make a difference. “If every Member of Parliament were to employ apprentices it could result in around 1,000 jobs.”
Ms McVey said, “In Wirral we have a great apprentice scheme, and, while it is doing well, it is seriously over-subscribed. Last year, more than 1,000 young people submitted 3,117 applications to the fewer than 150 businesses involved in the scheme. To move forward, we need to build on what we have done well, and there is something that each and every one of us in Parliament can do. It’s good to talk about apprenticeships, but surely it is better to turn our words into action, and to that end I am going to employ a modern apprentice to work and train in my constituency office, alongside my established Office Manager and Caseworker.”
Wirral has some of the worst unemployment rates for 16-24 year olds in the North West, ranked 7th worst out of 39 Local Authorities. 16.8% of young people aged 16 to 19 in Wirral are neither in education, training or work. It is proven that the longer young people spend away from education or employment, the more likely they are to continue on this path. It is vital that the Government put every effort into getting young people into work or training as soon as possible after leaving the compulsory education system.
“Young people are key to building and sustaining our future economy. It is their innovation and skills; training and expertise; education and knowhow; that will shape the United Kingdom of the future, it is vital that we invest in them. We should be ashamed of the fact that the UK has some of the highest levels of youth unemployment in Europe, and be very worried that this number is still growing,” added Ms McVey
For more information on this fantastic opportunity contact The Office of Esther McVey MP, The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, 31 Hoyle Road, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 3AG. Telephone: 0151 632 4348 or email Chris by clicking HERE