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Prime Minister David Cameron meets apprentices

A GROUP of Havering College apprentices employed by leading companies have met Prime Minister David Cameron.

Fourteen apprentices from energy giants EDF, technology company e2v and the Cycle Systems Academy – all taking Intermediate Level 2 courses through Havering College – were on hand as the Prime Minister announced a new round of Government funding to support thousands of apprenticeships up to degree equivalent.

David Cameron meets apprentices

The event took place at Crossrail’s new £13million Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) in East London during National Apprenticeship Week.

The Havering College students were accompanied by interim director of
Technology Stuart Woosnam who is responsible for the delivery of apprenticeships and bespoke training to some of the most successful technology companies in the region.

Vic Grimes, Divisional Apprenticeship Director for the National Apprenticeship Service in London and the South East, was also present.

The Government is making 1,000 degree level apprenticeship places available through a new £6m Higher Apprenticeships Fund. A new Employer Ownership pilot will allow employers to apply to receive up to £250m of public investment to help them secure control over design and delivery of skills training. Small firms will be offered an incentive of £1,500 to hire their first young apprentices.

The Prime Minister told the group: “I’m delighted to underline our commitment to strengthen our economy by helping employers take on apprentices and ensure that the UK workforce has the skills that businesses need. Under this Government apprenticeship starts are increasing at a record rate, with improvements across the age range, in all sectors, throughout the country.

“By making apprenticeships a gold standard option for ambitious young people, we are sending a message that technical excellence is as highly valued as academic prowess. And by focusing investment where it is most needed to deliver sustainable growth and offering real ownership of vocational training to employers, we are equipping businesses with the skills they need to rebalance our economy and distribute opportunity more widely.”

Mr Woosnam said later: “It was good to be invited to this event and it was a positive experience for the apprentices. They were eager at the prospect of meeting the Prime Minister and were very interested in what he had to say.”

Havering College delivers a wide range of apprenticeships across all sectors. For further information on apprenticeships at Havering College call the Business Services team on 01708 462800 or email

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