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Mark Backs Apprenticeship challenge

October 15, 2013 4:23 PM

Mark attended a special event at Cheadle Hulme High School on Monday to hear about their work providing advice and guidance to students and to listen to businesses about what they are able to offer local school leavers.

Mark Hunter said, "I'm delighted to see more young people starting their training and learning skills and this event has highlighted the great opportunities locally. Liberal Democrats in government are promoting and investing in apprenticeships as a great way of helping young people get jobs.

"Stockport is already leading the way locally, as the third best Borough in the North West for apprenticeships, but we want to see even more opportunities."

Mark Hunter MP has launched his own campaign to boost apprenticeships across the constituency by writing to local companies and urging them to consider taking on new apprentices. The challenge, which was taken on jointly by Lib Dem led Stockport Council, the National Apprenticeship Service and Stockport Express, was to reach 100 Stockport Apprenticeships within 100 days, a target that has already been exceeded.

Councillor Shan Alexander, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning and Achievement, who was also present alongside local councillor Keith Holloway, added: "It is wonderful news that over 150 young people in Stockport have taken this opportunity to work as apprentices and hope that this will lead to permanent positions.

"This ground breaking initiative will help our young people gain confidence and get their first experience of working for a local organisation which in turn will boost the local economy. I would like to thank local employers, large and small and in many different sectors, who are supporting the scheme."

To find out more about how you can get involved with either becoming an apprentice or offering an apprenticeship, contact the Council's 14-19 helpline on 0161 474 2350 or email [email protected]

Cheadle Hulme High School Apprenticeships

Mark with Cheadle Hulme High School headteacher, Mrs Linda Magrath, and students