Gordon Birtwistle

Apprentices are essential part of workforce
The other week began with the Apprenticeship AGM in Westminster. I started the group three years ago, as apprenticeships are an issue close to my heart, but not with as many people as there are now. When I first started the group, we had only 10 people in attendance and this meeting, some years on, saw the room full of more than 120 MPs and organisations associated with apprentices. Thankfully there has been a change in attitude towards apprentices and we now have 4,325 apprentices in Burnley.

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