MP Halfon pleased as schools to be asked to promote apprenticeships on a par with university

ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow and the Villages, welcomes the Government announcement that state schools will be asked to promote apprenticeships as much as they do a university education to wipe out unawareness of technical and practical education.

Robert said, “I have been campaigning on since my very first speech in the House of Commons after being elected as MP and I am very passionate about it.

I argued that being accepted onto an apprenticeship should be held in just as high regard as getting into university – and that it is important for secondary school teachers to encourage students into apprentices. I made it my mission to change the way we regard apprenticeships.”

Since his maiden speech, Halfon has tirelessly campaigned on apprenticeships and only last year chaired the Demos Commission on Apprenticeships with Labour Peer Lord Glasman. The report that came out of this commission came to clear conclusions about the need for schools to push forward apprenticeships.

Robert Halfon has had three apprenticeships in his office, and was congratulated for being the first MP to train a full time apprentice in Parliament. He hopes to be recruiting his next one very soon.

The Harlow MP said, “I’ve always championed apprenticeships. I think they’re a fantastic way that young people can empower themselves by training in a specialised industry and obtain the skills that they need for a fulfilling career. It’s also important for British businesses to close the skills gap in order continue growing and remain competitive on the world stage.

Through supporting apprenticeships through an Apprenticeships Levy in the Summer Budget, the Government is giving young people in Harlow and Britain the proper training and the prospect of a better future. Millions of young people are getting a good start in life, learning a trade, and knowing the purpose and pride that comes with that.”

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