Rebecca Harris MP welcomes the start of National Apprenticeship Week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships. Now in its 11th year, this week brings together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career and to business growth.

Rebecca said: “Apprenticeships really do work. They are life changing for those who undertake them, providing a unique opportunity to earn a salary whilst learning a new skill. They are also transformational for business; creating loyalty and allowing for the creation of a bespoke, skilled workforce.


I was delighted to have the opportunity during National Apprenticeship Week to hear from apprentices and employers alike about the huge benefits that apprenticeships have brought to their businesses. I would encourage employers across Castle Point to consider the transformational impact that employing an apprentice could have upon their business.”


Rebecca is supporting the Government’s commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. With about 800 apprenticeships starting in Castle Point in 2016/17, there are already many examples of local businesses that have taken on an apprentice and it couldn’t be easier!


The Government has committed to pay 100 percent of training costs for employers with fewer than 50 employees who take on apprentices aged 16 to 18, along with an additional £1,000 paid to employers who take on 16 to 24 year olds who have been in care or who have an education and health plan. More than £60 million will be invested in supporting the training of apprentices. There is really is no reason not to consider an apprentice for your local business.