12 MAR 2018

Helen's #NAW2018

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald has reflected on a successful National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2018) by calling upon businesses and students in her constituency to consider how an apprenticeship could change their lives or their organisation.

As the Chair of the Government's Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network (ADCN), Helen had a packed schedule throughout the week; including hosting two events in the House of Commons, which celebrated the power of apprenticeships to change lives and highlighted the importance of making them available to people of all backgrounds. The first was in partnership with the BBC to champion how apprenticeships can boost social mobility and the other was to celebrate the first Anniversary of the ADCN. She also addressed a conference of Police and Fire and Rescue Services as they considered how broader access to their apprenticeship schemes could be encouraged.

Mrs Grant culminated her week by visiting IPS International, an apprenticeship training provider working with organisations across Kent. She also dropped into Maidstone Girls' Grammar School to speak with aspiring engineering students as she launched her support for 'The Year of Engineering' by calling for more young women to pursue careers in STEM sectors.

Reflecting on her week Helen said, 'Speaking to so many apprentices and apprentice employers this week has reinforced my view that apprenticeships work for them both alike. They provide students with the opportunity to earn whilst they learn a new skill and offer a direct path into a career, whilst giving employers the ability to create a bespoke workforce to match their business needs. I would encourage students and employers across Maidstone and the Weald and beyond to consider undertaking or employing an apprentice, they truly are a game changer.'

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