Steve Double MP recruits apprentice

20151030_110203Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell & Newquay has taken on a local young person as an apprentice in support of Cornwall’s campaign to increase the number of Apprenticeship opportunities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign was established to help employers navigate the process for selecting a training provider and to help young people find a suitable apprenticeship job.

Jordan Rowse, from Par was selected to become an apprentice in Steve’s constituency office located in St Austell. The paid position will allow Jordan to develop skills in politics, casework, administration and knowledge of Parliamentary procedures.

Apprenticeships are vitally important to the UK’s continued economic recovery, helping the UK compete in the future through a highly skilled workforce. The National Audit Office has estimated that for every £1 spent on apprenticeships the wider economy benefits by £18.

The Government will cover 100% of training costs for apprentices aged 16-18

Companies employing less than 50 staff can receive grants of up to £1,500 to help support apprentices, in addition to training costs, if they have not taken on apprentices in the previous 12 months and the apprentice they appoint is aged 16 – 24.

Commenting, Steve Double said:  “The apprenticeship qualification is an excellent way for people to gain vocational skills as well as providing absolutely vital on the job training which you simply cannot replicate in the classroom.”

“I would recommend apprenticeships to any employer or prospective employee and am delighted to have taken on Jordan as my apprentice. I hope he will gain invaluable experience in the varied activities that my office participates in in order to support me and the constituents of Mid-Cornwall that I am honoured to represent.”

Commenting, Sally Foard, Director of Development at The Cornwall College Group said:  “We are delighted to be supporting Steve Double MP and his new Business Administration apprentice, Jordan, who demonstrated great confidence and professionalism in securing this opportunity.”

“Hiring an apprentice is a big decision, but it is a great opportunity to bring a fresh new enthusiasm and dynamic to your team.  Cornwall College Business is the biggest provider of apprenticeships in the region and we are here to support individuals and employers through the entire recruitment process.”