Borders MP Michael Moore shadowed an apprentice at a Borders garage last week as part of his campaign to encourage more local businesses to take on apprentices.
This is the first of two afternoons of apprentice shadowing Mr Moore is doing as part of his campaign to promote apprenticeships and tackle youth unemployment in the area.
In recent years, he has been working at a local and national level to address the issue of youth worklessness. Last year, he held an employment summit in Hawick, bringing together local stakeholders to discuss how young people could be better supported into jobs. He will also be holding an apprentice showcase in the Borders in October with local businesses and education providers.
Apprenticeships are an important way of tackling youth unemployment because they help young people gain the skills and experience they need to gain more permanent paid work. Apprenticeships have also been shown to help businesses reduce recruitment costs, lower staff turnover and improve productivity.
As part of the Youth Contract, the UK Government is offering employers wage incentives of up to £2,275 for taking on a young unemployed person.
There are around 550 unemployed young people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in Mr Moore’s constituency.
Mr Moore said: “It was great to be able to shadow one of the apprentices and see firsthand the skills they are developing through the apprenticeship scheme.
“Apprenticeships are an excellent way of tackling youth unemployment because they enable young people to receive the training they need to break into the job market. In the next few months I will be working with local businesses and other stakeholders to try and encourage more and more businesses to take on an apprentice. Anyone wishing to get involved in my jobs campaign should contact my office for more information.”