Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne is leading the campaign in Parliament to pass a new law to boost the number of apprentices.
The proposal, entitled the ‘Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts) Bill’ would mean that suppliers winning major public contracts could be required to offer apprenticeship opportunities as part of that contract.
Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP, joined with Andrew for a photo call at Parliament organised by the union UNITE to show his support for the initiative, ahead of Friday’s crunch vote.
If passed, the Bill will reinvigorate the industries vital to recovery, address unemployment and the training shortfall as well as reducing strain upon universities and providing companies with talented new workers.
Recently the Fifth Report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee on Apprenticeships recommended this approach and suggested that at least one new apprenticeship place could be provided for every £1 million of procurement spend;
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“We really should celebrate the value of apprenticeships in providing opportunities and developing skills. This Bill would allow more apprenticeship opportunities through public procurement contracts.”
“This is particularly important to young people in Tameside and Stockport, especially when there are almost one million young people out of work across the country.”
“In particular it promises to make more apprenticeship opportunities available to young people, giving them that first important step on the career ladder. I really hope the Government will support this Bill becoming law.”
“I wanted to introduce a bill that had a chance to make a real difference throughout the country. I have seen at first-hand just how successful apprenticeships are in providing high quality training and a great start to working life.”
“It makes a great deal of sense for the government and public authorities to use the leverage of the money they already spend on public procurement to promote skills training and provide new apprenticeship opportunities.”
“This was an approach successfully pursued by the previous Government and I hope the current government will see sense and back this Bill.”
Notes to Editor
- The short title of Andrew’s Bill is – Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts) Bill. The Long title is A Bill to require major public procurement contracts let by public authorities to include a commitment by the contractor to provide apprenticeships and skills training; and for connected purposes.
- The other signatories for Andrew Bill are Alan Johnson; David Blunkett Catherine McKinnell; Jamie Reed; Dan Jarvis; Barbara Keeley; Tom Greatrex; Bill Esterson; Robert Halfon; Andrew George and Caroline Lucas