MP backs our appeal

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CHESTERFIELD MP Toby Perkins has endorsed The Derbyshire Times’ 100 in 100 campaign to promote apprenticeships after submitting an Early Day Motion to the Houses of Parliament for others to sign and support.

The DT’s 100 in 100 campaign, with partners Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, the National Apprenticeship Service and Destination Chesterfield, is urging organisations to create 100 apprenticeships in 100 days.

Mr Perkins said: “I’m delighted to support the Derbyshire Times’ campaign. Jobs and particularly youth unemployment are a huge issue in Chesterfield, north Derbyshire and across Britain.

“I’m pleased the Derbyshire Times is taking a pro-active approach in assisting young people to get them on the road to a good career.

“Apprenticeships are a good way to get youngsters into work and it is key they get an opportunity to develop skills and get paid during apprenticeships while developing discipline and building their careers.”

The campaign has so far persuaded 25 companies, businesses and organisations to pledge 45 apprenticeship places since it was launched in March, as many are recognising the mutual benefits for their groups and for youngsters.

Mr Perkins tabled the Early Day Motion this week, recognising the importance of apprenticeships nationwide, and stating it was backing The Derbyshire Times’ 100 in 100 campaign and congratulating its partners in their efforts to promote apprenticeships for youngsters in Derbyshire.

The Labour MP added: “Members and others will be able to consider the campaign to support apprenticeships and indicate their support by signing this EDM which will act as a permanent record on this issue.”

The campaign is also gathering support from many public figures including Peak FM broadcaster Becky Measures and National Lottery winner and community campaigner Karen Child.

Chief executive George Cowcher, of DNCC, said: “We’re pleased to get this kind of endorsement along with great support from other public figures.

“The campaign is going well and shows that companies are willing to respond positively when opportunities are highlighted to them and we want them to keep coming forward.”

Groups interested in the campaign are urged to call DNCC’s Jon Smart on (01246) 207207 for advice and referrals.