I was once again delighted to support National Apprenticeship Week in Parliament. It’s now in its eleventh year and there are events taking place across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships and encourage, even more people to choose an apprenticeship as a pathway to a great career.

In particular though I was very pleased to be able to attend an event this week and show my support for apprentices from Aldridge based with In-Comm Training and Business Services at the House of Commons. This built on the success of their visit last year and once again showcased how apprenticeships work for individuals, businesses, communities and the wider economy.

I have always been a big supporter of Apprenticeships and the role they play in bridging the skills gap and there is nothing like hearing from young people about their experiences and their achievements.

It was also good to hear from local West Midlands based businesses about the continued benefits of apprenticeships. We must congratulate employers who are willing to invest time and money into apprentices as the skills gap would be a lot wider without their continued investment.