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Careers & Enterprise Company: Five Young Female Apprentices Advise Skills Minister
February 11th 2021

Careers & Enterprise Company: Five Young Female Apprentices Advise Skills Minister

Excerpt: Five young women apprentices take a positive apprenticeship message to the heart of Government, to mark National Apprenticeship Week

Skills Minister Gillian Keegan has hosted a meeting with young women apprentices to discuss how government can encourage more youngsters to combine learning with earning through apprenticeships.

At a time when the impact pandemic is causing youth unemployment to spiral to the highest level since 2016 – climbing to 14.2 per cent – apprenticeships are critical in providing the vital support young people leaving school will need.

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeship and Skills, said to our Work It stars:

“Apprenticeships are a great way into the workplace. I did a degree apprenticeship, which allowed me to travel abroad for the business, manage my own team and cut my own deals. This put me way ahead of the vast majority of people who were the same age.

Now I am the first apprentice to be the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister – which is such a cool thing. So believe me when I say the learning experience you are getting now is going accelerate your career – I guarantee it.”

The five apprentices, representing key sectors across, engineering, manufacturing and public services, were keen to impress upon the minister how their apprenticeships are enabling them to gain key industry skills while boosting their earnings and career prospects in a job.  And how they have managed to break into traditionally male-dominated industries including STEM sectors.

The meeting comes following the publication of the Government’s ‘Skills for Jobs’ White Paper, which places renewed emphasis on the need to improve young people’s exposure to technical learning and apprenticeships. The White Paper aims to boost parity of esteem between academic and technical learning and qualifications.

The five women, who are ambassadors for apprenticeships through The Careers & Enterprise Company, are committed to showcasing the diversity of roles and careers available through apprenticeships.

The apprentices set out the key points they raised with the Minister…

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All About STEM (All About Futures) is partnering with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Career Connect, Sefton EBP, St Helens Chamber, Shaping Futures, Wirral Chamber and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to deliver the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Enterprise Adviser Network across the Liverpool City Region.

The Enterprise Adviser Network is a national network that looks to connect schools and colleges with employers and careers program providers, to create meaningful encounters for pupils with the world of work.

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