Apprenticeships discussed as MP visits Progress to Excellence Back

Apprenticeships discussed as MP visits Progress to Excellence Apprenticeships were high on the agenda when MP Angela Eagle made avisit to the Progress to Excellence headquarters in Birkenhead.

During their meeting at Egerton House, managing director Sandra Kirkham and the Wallasey MP made the subject a priority among their discussion topics following changes currently ongoing to the delivery of apprenticeships.

Sandra said: “Having Angela make time to come and see us at Progress to Excellence as part of her busy schedule was a great opportunity for us  to explain the ethos of our business, particularly our commitment to developing young people on their career paths.

“It was therefore important that our concerns about key changes to apprenticeship standards and assessments was put across to her.  So many ideas are currenty being  discussed by Government  about the design and delivery of future apprenticeships that we may be losing sight of the real reason behind this already tried and tested method of  workplace training – and that is to plug the skills gap based on sector  training needs.

“The old model is working well, isn't broken and doesn't need mending.  We just need to forge stronger relationships with employers to ensure  they can measure the true benefits of apprenticeships in the workplace. Here at Progress to Excellence we have living proof that  apprenticeships are working and our young apprentices are making a huge  contribution to our successful business.

“I would like to think we lead by example in this company. We don't just  take the cream of young people on the jobs market but take on local,  disadvantaged youngsters then teach and nurture them so that they flourish.

“I hope this message came across strongly during Angela's visit and my  greatest wish now is that other employers in the region contact us so we  can help them to see the value of apprenticeships in the workplace."