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As a contribution to Apprenticeships Week 2015 (9th – 15th March) Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough visited Q A Apprenticeships to meet people who are ‘earning and learning’ in the IT sector.

Q A Apprenticeships works with leading companies like Microsoft, British Gas, BSkyB and others to train those interested in a career in IT. 

Fiona said, “People traditionally think of apprenticeships as being in manual jobs like training to be a mechanic or bricklayer. Yet apprenticeships can prepare people for a wide range of careers.  And they provide an opportunity for young people to earn while they learn.  Some apprenticeships lead to degree level qualifications, others, like the one I visited, prepare young people for well paid jobs in sectors like information technology where there is a shortage of appropriately qualified workers. The country needs to develop the skills of its young people.  To do that we need more high quality apprenticeships like this.

“A Labour Government will not only increase support for university students but we will also double the number of high quality apprenticeships for young people.”