BiKBBI Patron appointed as Apprenticeship Ambassador

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Three Conservative MP’s, including BiKBBI Patron Stephen Metcalfe (pictured), have today been named as apprenticeship ambassadors by skills minister Anne Milton.

Joining Stephen, Maria Caulfield & Trudy Harrison are tasked with championing the opportunities and benefits of apprenticeships, to encourage people from all ages and backgrounds to consider taking one up.

“All the reforms we have introduced will make sure that there are high quality apprenticeship opportunities for millions of people of all ages and from all backgrounds,” Ms Milton said.

“We want everyone to have the skills to get a job with prospects, and for employers to have the skilled workforce they need. Since May 2015 we have seen over 1.1million apprenticeship starts.”

The apprenticeships ambassador network, chaired by business leader David Meller, is an employer-led body with responsibility to encourage more companies to become involved in apprenticeships.

The three new ambassadors named today are the first MPs to join the network.

Other appointments announced today by Ms Milton include another member of her party Helen Grant MP, as the chair of the apprenticeship diversity champions network, replacing Nus Ghani MP.

The network champions apprenticeships and diversity amongst employers and encourages more people from underrepresented groups, including those with disabilities, women and members of the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, to consider apprenticeships.

Ms Harrison has also been appointed the co-chair of the apprenticeship delivery board.

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