Abbey Fenton, a retail apprentice at Funky Viking in Eastbourne, was joined by the town’s MP for the afternoon today (Wednesday, August 28).
She is one of many young people who are now looking into Apprenticeships as an alternative for academic studies.
Stephen Lloyd MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon set a target in May 2011 for Eastbourne to recruit 100 new Apprentices in 100 days, this was the start of a push on Apprenticeships to become “equal” with degrees. This challenge ended with 181 new Apprentices being hired in 100 days.
Eastbourne has since that recruited 2,500 new apprentices. Mr Lloyd has now challenged Eastbourne to recruit 5,000 new apprentices. “I want to see a target of Eastbourne recruiting 5,000 new apprentices. And that put us on the map, and we deserve to be there.” There are now hundreds of different apprenticeships in all different areas and Mr Lloyd wants to see young people with a choice.
He said he is working closely with Secretary of State Vince Cable and other companies such as City and Guilds to create a Royal College or Royal Society of Apprenticeships.