Lynne Featherstone MP to host Apprenticeship event in Haringey

Lynne Featherstone MP  with Gordon Birtwistle MP, talking to an organisation representative at the Haringey Apprenticeship eventThe MP for Hornsey and Wood Green is to host her annual apprenticeship event on the 28th August at Haringey Civic Centre, from 2-6pm.

The MP will be teaming up with JobCentre Plus in Wood Green once again to put on the event, so that Haringey youngsters can meet companies with apprenticeship vacancies, find out more about how to apply and even secure apprenticeships that will kick start their future career.

Last year, the event was attended by around 20 employers, with over 1000 opportunities between them, and over 100 young jobseekers. Following the event, companies have confirmed that they have taken on some of Haringey’s young people – with one young person being offered an apprenticeship the very next day.

There have been over 1.8 million apprenticeship starts since the start of 2010 and Liberal Democrats in Government are committed to delivering 2 million apprenticeships by the end of this Parliament.

In Lynne Featherstone’s constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green, youth unemployment has halved since 2010.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone said:

“With youth unemployment continuing to fall in Haringey, I’m pleased to be able to do my bit to bring these great opportunities to young people in Haringey and I’m really looking forward to this year’s event.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to kick start a career and combine practical training in a job with study. That means you get paid to study and learn a trade, whilst also being able to make contacts in an industry.

“If you’re a young person, a parent, looking for work, or looking to try something different, please do come along and find out more!”

Still looking for an apprenticeship?

My Lib Dem colleagues and I have always fought for better opportunities for everyone, and this extends to the world of work. Apprenticeships are an excellent route to employment, and are hugely beneficial to both the apprentice and the company they work for.

Earlier this year I held an apprenticeships fair, where a number of young people signed up to programmes run by organisations such as Barclays and the Tottenham Hotspur foundation.

The employers who attended the event have taken on some of Haringey’s talented youngsters, and in turn the apprentices are getting paid to learn, and gaining useful experience and contacts in an industry.

Since the Lib Dems entered Government is 2010, the number of people starting apprenticeships in London has increased by over 130%, and youth unemployment in Hornsey and Wood Green has fallen by a third.

Apprenticeships are giving people the experience they need to get on in life, and they are a key part to building the stronger society and fairer economy that the UK’s citizens deserve.

Apprentices are available in a range of fields, and local examples include vacancies for apprentice tilers, apprentice Care Assistant at the North Mid, and an internet marketing consultant job.

These are all great opportunities, and I wish anyone applying the very best of luck – I hope you enjoy learning whilst you earn!

Here are some other links to help people looking for apprenticeships:

Lynne Featherstone MP joins apprentices at Hornsey Rail Depot!

Lynne Featherstone MP on the Hornsey Rail Depot site tourLynne Featherstone MP today went to Hornsey Rail Depot, to meet apprentices who are working on the site.

Volker Fitzpatrick is the company contracted to build two new train maintenance depots, as part of the Thameslink Rolling Stock Project. They currently have 5 apprentices (3 railway engineering and 2 business administration) and are looking for more.

The Liberal Democrat MP met two of the engineering apprentices, before putting on safety gear and taking a tour of the site – and seeing their work first hand.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green was shown the building site, including the train wash and the under-construction maintenance depot. The local MP then discussed the local resident reaction to the works with the development managers.

Since the Liberal Democrats entered Government in 2010, over 1.2 million apprenticeships have been created. Lynne Featherstone MP held an event in August, matching up Haringey’s young people looking for apprenticeships with potential employers.

Commenting, Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“Apprenticeships are fantastic opportunities, giving young people a chance to learn a trade whilst earning money and gaining qualifications.

“That’s why I held the event in Wood Green for young people to find out more about apprenticeships, and why I was so keen to go to Hornsey Rail Depot to see apprentices in action.

“Volker Fitzpatrick is clearly working very hard to build the new depots and facilities, and it’s great that they’re taking on apprenticeships to help. I’d like to thank them for taking the time to show me around!

“If any local resident has any questions or thoughts about the work being done on this site, please let me know.”

MP meets local apprentice as Haringey sees record number of young people join apprenticeships

Gene Spencer-Salmon is one of a record number of young people who are pursuing apprenticeships in Haringey this year. Lynne Featherstone MP met with the Haringey Adult Learning Services apprentice on Friday to hear about his experiences and to highlight the rise in the number of apprenticeships.

Gene, who lives in Hornsey, won a place on a scheme working with Haringey Adult Learning Service. The 18 year old apprentice had been looking for work but had not been able to find a job because of his lack of work experience. His place on the nine-month long scheme will give him experience of a wide range of tasks at the service which is based at Wood Green Library.

New figures reveal that record numbers of young people are benefitting from apprenticeships. More than 1,200 people started apprenticeships across Haringey in the year 2010/11.

The Government is providing extra help to enable small employers to hire their first apprentices. It will also continue to develop new advanced and higher-level apprenticeships to deliver the world-class skills that people need to get ahead.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“Gene’s experience shows how investment in apprenticeships can provide great opportunities for young people who are looking for work. Apprenticeships equip young people with the skills needed to get jobs and build prosperous careers.

“470 apprenticeships started up in Hornsey and Wood Green alone in the Government’s first year in office. That’s compared to 160 in the year before. Early figures for the current year indicate that the numbers are continuing to grow.

“Liberal Democrats have long been fighting for more investment in apprenticeships, in opposition and in Government, and I am delighted that Business Secretary Vince Cable has been able to deliver such a big increase in schemes that will make a huge difference to young people’s lives.”