All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships

GTA England invited to attend cross party group for the improvement of apprenticeship provision in the UK.

This is the first All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) dedicated to the advancement of apprenticeships. The APPG is chaired by MP Gordon Birtwistle, the Government’s Apprenticeship ambassador for business. Mr Birtwistle began his career as a craft apprentice for a textile manufacturer, and has over 50 years’ experience as an engineer and employer in industry.

The group has spent the last 12 months contacting politicians, employers and training providers to gain understanding of the best routes for promoting apprenticeship to employers across sectors. The effect of emerging industries on existing apprenticeship frameworks is also being considered.

At the group’s first meeting at the House of Commons, Mr Birtwistle said: “As someone who started their career as an engineering apprentice, I know the value of the vocational training. But too often they are seen as a route only for those who have failed academically and are unable to go to university. I want to see these perceptions change and for Apprenticeships to be widely recognised as a route into highly skilled occupations.”

GTA England Board members met with Gordon Birtwistle and Andrew Stephenson MP in May, which led to an invitation to join the all-party group with a brief to contribute to the debate about ways of working on apprenticeships with SME employers.

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