PM lends backing to apprentice drive

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

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PRIME Minister David Cameron has backed The Gazette and Beneast’s quest to create 100 apprenticeships in 100 days.

Speaking on the day the Future Generations campaign launches, Mr Cameron said: “Congratulations to The Gazette and Beneast on this excellent campaign.

“The importance of apprenticeships can’t be underestimated and I wholly support the drive to get 100 new apprentices in 100 days.”

The Future Generations campaign launches today at the Hilton Hotel, aiming to kickstart the Fylde coast economy while getting young people into work.

Companies from across the Fylde coast will hear 1966 World Cup legend – and former apprentice – Sir Geoff Hurst give the keynote speech.

Apprentices receive free on-the-job training providing firms with young and keen members of staff.

The move has been backed from both sides of the Commons.

Shadow minister for apprentices and Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said: “I’m delighted that both Beneast and The Gazette have put so much into the scheme and into the conference today.

“It’s really important that we on the Fylde have a strong awareness of the need to help small and medium-sized businesses take on apprentices, as well as larger firms.”

Fylde MP Mark Menzies added: “Last year’s achievement of creating 100 apprenticeships in 100 days was a tremendous success and I hope this year’s challenge will go just as well.

Recovery

“Creating jobs for our talented young people is absolutely vital to the country’s economic recovery and I applaud the work of all involved.”

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said: “ I am delighted to support this campaign.

“Apprenticeships are crucial for providing the skills for the future and for broadening the skills base of Blackpool and Cleveleys.

“By providing young people with a pathway to a career, we are securing jobs and opportunities for the future.”

The event begins at 12.30pm.