ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow, attended Harlow College to give insight about the positives of doing apprenticeships and why there should be more options to do apprenticeships in varied subjects.
‘I’m an Apprentice-holic as they provide great opportunities-you get paid, you can do different levels of qualifications. I wish I had the opportunity to work in a company, get paid and learn at the same time-I would have done that.’ Mr Halfon said.
He added: ‘Since I’ve been an MP, I have employed Harlow College Apprentices in Business Administration. Some decided to go to uni, some got jobs, one works in the House of Lords-he has done incredibly well.’
‘There are loads of apprenticeships out there at the moment. There are apprenticeships in Parliament-an experience that does change your life. You deal with pressure while studying, so you get experiences at quite a young age.’ Mr Halfon said.
He added: ‘Business Admin helps with research and you get great people skills. Warwick University has apprentices building driverless cars. You can do nursing degree apprenticeships now. Even some MPs have apprentices-House of Commons civil service means you are made for life.’
‘90% of apprentices get a job afterwards, whereas it’s harder for university graduates to get jobs. That’s why it’s such an incredible thing to do; if you progress, you get a lot more money.’ Mr Halfon said.
He added: ‘We will soon be the Health Science Capital of the world. We will soon have state of the art research facilities in Harlow with lots of apprenticeships, such as the Medtech campus. There will be great opportunities over the next couple of years.’