Catherine McKinnell MP has the second reading of her apprenticeship bill on Friday (please see earlier post)
As with anything that is important it needs as much support as possible. Catherine and her team have made it really easy to support the bill. Just copy the letter below and send it to John Hayes MP.
Let’s start and collectively share the responsibility for our young people and our future skill needs.


It’s as easy as that!

John Hayes MP
Minister of State
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
1 Victoria Street

Support Catherine McKinnell MP Apprenticeships and Skills Bill

Dear John Hayes MP

I am writing to you to ask you to back the Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement) Bill and help it to progress through parliament at its second reading on Friday 11 February 2011.

I am pleased to hear that you have been supportive of the bill and its aim to increase the number of high quality apprenticeships available by requiring companies awarded public sector contracts to commit to providing apprenticeships and skills training to young people. It is also encouraging to know that the Conservative led Government has pledged to increase the number of apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement) Bill is urgently needed and will help to achieve the Government’s pledge by:

• Creating thousands of new apprenticeships at no cost to the public purse.
• Bridging the employment and training shortfall. This is important as apprenticeships significantly reduce the burden of skills training upon the public purse.
• Placing Britain in a strong position to emerge from the global recession with the skills needed to grow the economy.
• Relieving pressure upon universities – currently further education is oversubscribed, the apprenticeship bill will challenge the perception that university education is the only route to success
• Benefiting Business – Small and Medium Businesses benefit as Apprenticeships engender loyalty as well as giving them access to highly trained workers, which avoids the expense and the problems of skill shortages.

I would be grateful if you could respond and let me know that you will continue to support the bill and help it to become law.


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