Real ap­pren­tices

Awards for graft and en­deav­our

Yorkshire Post - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

IF BRI­TAIN IS to prop­erly ad­dress fears over a post­Brexit skills gap, then ap­pren­tices are go­ing to have an in­es­timable role to play. It’s a fact recog­nised by the Govern­ment which has set an am­bi­tious tar­get of three mil­lion ap­pren­tice­ships by 2020. To do so, it needs the sup­port of busi­nesses like those sin­gled out for praise at the re­gional Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards that were held in York this week.

Th­ese awards show­case the huge ben­e­fits they bring and the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion that young re­cip­i­ents make in the work­place. Con­trast this with The Ap­pren­tice which has be­come in­creas­ingly lit­tered with fawn­ing in­di­vid­u­als whose tal­ent rarely matches their over­sized egos. The TV re­al­ity show may be good en­ter­tain­ment in the eyes of some peo­ple, but it is in dan­ger of giv­ing ap­pren­tices a bad name.

Thank good­ness there are so many firms, both big and small, fly­ing the flag for ap­pren­tice­ships here. Per­haps Lord Sugar should see this work for him­self.

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