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MP visits Screwfix in Welling to learn about apprenticeships

PUBLISHED: 09:30 20 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:30 20 June 2016

James Brokenshire, right, on a visit to Screwfix in Welling

James Brokenshire, right, on a visit to Screwfix in Welling

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The company has launched a guide for tradespeople on hiring apprentices

MP and Home Office minister James Brokenshire visited the new Screwfix store in Welling and learnt how the company is helping local businesses find apprentices.

Last year, Screwfix launched their Tradesman Manifesto, which highlighted the desire of UK tradesmen and women to hire their own apprentices, and called on the government to support this increase in the trades.

One in three tradespeople see cost as the biggest barrier to taking on an apprentice, and research shows more available funding would allow small businesses to hire and train the tradesmen and women of tomorrow.

In partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Screwfix launched a guide for tradespeople to pick up in store, containing information and funding advice on how to go about hiring an apprentice.

Mr Brokenshire said: “It was great to visit the Screwfix store in Welling to find out more about the business and the key issues facing tradespeople in the area. From builders and bricklayers to plumbers and electricians, tradespeople are the backbone of the economy.

“It was particularly interesting to discuss the importance of a skilled workforce and apprenticeships. The government has set out its target to create three million new apprenticeships during this Parliament and it is clear that responsible companies like Screwfix will play a key role in this, through their apprentice guide and other initiatives.”

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