Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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National Apprenticeship Week

Last week was National Apprenticeship Week – a chance to celebrate and promote apprenticeships around the country. Labour have pledged to increase the number of apprenticeships, so Rachel spent some time last week meeting apprentices past, present and future to get an insight into their experiences. 

Young people from Leeds and across the country train at the British Gas site in Armley as part of their apprenticeship, and Rachel visited on Friday to see what they do – getting a first hand experience of what they do whilst she was there. 


But it’s not just British Gas who are offering apprenticeships in Leeds. Over 200 young people visited the Council’s apprenticeship fair at Armley Leisure Centre, to meet prospective employers and find out more about what they do. You can find out more about apprenticeships in Leeds by visiting http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Becominganapprentice.aspx. Rachel met with businesses, apprentices and potential apprentices when she paid a visit to the fair. 

And there was also cause to celebrate someone who completed his apprenticeship a long time ago. Rachel popped into Skelton’s butchers in Armley, where she met owner David. He completed his apprenticeship in the same shop 50 years ago, and is still going strong.

Rachel said:“It was a pleasure to meet with apprentices past, present and future on Friday. Apprenticeships give thousands of people the chance to learn, earn and develop a new career.

A Labour government will increase the number of apprenticeships so by 2025 there are as many school leavers starting apprenticeships as going to university. We’ll guarantee any school leaver who gets the grades will have the right to do an apprenticeship and we’ll ensure all large firms who take on government contracts provide apprenticeships.”


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