Local apprenticeship numbers up as Sidcup firm opens new London HQ

James Brokenshire has congratulated Sidcup apprenticeship and employment agency MiddletonMurray on the opening of their new Central London office in the Strand at an event last Thursday, marking the firms continuing success in supporting young people into new careers.  The opening comes as new figures show that nearly three thousand four hundred new apprenticeships have been created in Old Bexley & Sidcup since 2010.

Launched in 2002, MiddletonMurray employs 90 permanent members of staff at offices in Sidcup, Canterbury, Romford and Sandwich. The transfer of the Sidcup head office function to the new London headquarters will see an additional 20 new positions created, including 15 recruitment roles. 

MiddletonMurray have been instrumental in developing apprenticeship opportunities within Bexley and giving young people the skills they need to thrive in the work environment.  Figures released this week show that 3,390 new apprenticeships have been started by people in Old Bexley & Sidcup since 2010. This means more young people earning and learning, getting the skills they need for a successful and secure future. 

This local growth in apprenticeships has been part of a wider increase, with 235,250 started in London since May 2010, and over 2.6 million new apprenticeships across England.  The new figures also show progress towards the government’s commitment to deliver 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020 – with 268,000 already started in this parliament.

Angela Middleton, Chief Executive of Middleton Murray said:

“Having our Head Office operation based in such a great location will enable us to meet our business objectives of expanding our recruitment and apprenticeship offerings and will help us to ensure that we continue to strengthen our reputation as industry leaders.

“As the local MP James has been a regular visitor to our Sidcup office and he has always been supportive of our work in youth employment and apprenticeships and we were delighted he could join us.”

James Brokenshire said:

“I am delighted to see an innovative business like MiddletonMurray which has done so much to support apprenticeships and youth training in the borough going from strength to strength.  I hope the opening of their new central London headquarters will allow them to continue to grow and provide even more young people with the opportunity to fulfil their skills and talents.

“Apprenticeships have been a core part of our plan to deliver a more secure future for young people, which is why we committed to deliver 3 million more high quality apprenticeships by 2020.  By delivering this we will ensure more young people earning and learning, with the prospect of a good job and a more secure future ahead of them.”