On Friday, James Brokenshire visited Middleton Murray in Sidcup to meet local apprentices and catch up with progress at the company, which recently won the Mayor's Fund For London ‘Pre-Employment Training and Job Brokerage Provider of the Year’ award.
At the event, held in Middleton Murray’s offices on Station Road, James heard first-hand from apprentices and employers of the benefits which apprenticeships can bring. Last year almost every single one of the fifty apprentices Middleton Murray places each month and who completed their training went on to secure full-time employment.
Since 2010, the Government has overseen the biggest ever boost to apprenticeships, with over 1.6million people taking them up since the General Election. Following changes made to the programme, Apprenticeships must last for at least twelve months, involve meaningful, on-the-job training and be rigorously assessed and graded.
Commenting James said:
“It was great to hear so many stories of talented young people succeeding in the workplace and employers delighted by the contribution they've made to their firms. It shows the huge value of apprenticeships for both business and young employees alike to promote innovation and unlock skills. Middleton Murray deserve to be congratulated for their work in securing opportunities for apprenticeships locally and showing small firms how their businesses can flourish by taking on an enthusiastic young person.”