BUSINESSES from across North Cornwall heard more about a campaign to recruit 300 more Cornish apprentices in the next 100 days at an event in Bodmin hosted by local MP Dan Rogerson.
Mr Rogerson was joined by local employers, apprentices and representatives from the Cornwall Training Provider Network and the National Apprenticeship Service at the event last Friday, at the St Mary's Parish Centre.
Apprenticeship ambassadors Andy Hardy, from Premier Carpets in Launceston, and Mark Knight, from Cornwall Glass, answered questions about the positive impact that apprentices had made to their businesses.
Speaking after the event, Mr Rogerson said: "The campaign to recruit more local apprentices has brought MPs, employers and training providers across Cornwall together to help raise the profile of apprenticeships as a fantastic opportunity for young people looking to enter the world of work.
"Our event in Bodmin was a great opportunity for employers like Andy Hardy, from Launceston's Premier Carpets, to speak about the financial incentives from government and why he is such a big supporter of apprenticeships. We also heard from training providers such as Chris Shepherd, from Duchy College in Stoke Climsland, about what taking on an apprentice involves and the benefits for people taking on an apprenticeship.
"With the support from the Government, Cornwall Training Provider Network and the National Apprenticeship Service, apprenticeships are a great opportunity for local businesses, for young people and for the Cornish economy. Anyone interested in apprenticeship opportunities should have a look at what's available locally through www.cornwallapprenticeships.com"
The Government's apprenticeship ambassador, Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle added: "Since 2010, thanks to the Liberal Democrats, a million new jobs have been created in British businesses but we need many more given the level of youth unemployment in the UK.
"For me, apprenticeships are the way forward. They provide on-the-job training and offer a wage with a career at the end of it.
"I started my working life as an apprentice and I have never looked back since. I am delighted to see the great work companies are doing to help give young people a chance and enter the world of work. I hope that other businesses will follow suit as apprenticeships are not only beneficial for the young person but also for the companies that employ them too."