Wednesday, December 5, 2012

News: Labour leader impressed by Rotherham's focus on apprenticeships


Ed Milliband MP has praised the way that businesses and learning providers in Rotherham are harnessing the potential of apprentices.

The leader of the Labour Party visited Rotherham College of Arts and Technology (RCAT) whilst on the successful campaign trail for the recent bye-election and met college apprentices working towards bricklaying and carpentry qualifications.

In October Mr Miliband declared that the next Labour government would reform education and apprenticeships - in partnership with business - to create a more highly skilled and highly paid workforce.

Speaking at the college, he said: "It is good businesses that know the value of people doing qualifications and Apprenticeships.

"I'm incredibly impressed by what's happening here at the College. There is fantastic training going on of people - young people and older people. There is brilliant teaming up with local businesses who are offering Apprenticeships, who need the trained workforce, and an incredible enthusiasm from the people doing the training."

James Frith, managing director of U-Explore Ltd in Rotherham is part of Labour's Small Business Taskforce.

Based in Templeborough, U-Explore specialises in enabling schools to deliver reality based careers information, advice and guidance. It has taken on a number of apprentices who have now become valued, full-time employees with the company.

After the event James said: "Making Apprenticeships work for everyone has to be a priority for any government or government in waiting.

"I was pleased to have the chance to pass on our thoughts about how our success with apprentices, who are now our employees, can contribute to re-balancing the economy with sustainable jobs and getting our young people into good work."

U-Explore website

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