Photo: Nusrat Ghani MP with apprentices from the Armed Forces during National Apprenticeship Week 2017.


Nusrat Ghani MP, recently appointed Chair of the Government’s Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network, last week joined young apprentices at the House of Commons to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2017.

170 apprentices and 40 employers took part in an ‘Apprentices take over the Commons’ event, addressed by Ms Ghani and by Minister for Skills Robert Halfon. David Meller, Chair of the National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and Chair of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board and Joe Billington, Deputy Director, National Apprenticeship Service, also took part.

This year marks the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week, which was launched by Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education. The theme was ‘Ladder of Opportunity’.

Ms Ghani was recently appointed by the Government as Chair of the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network, which brings employers together to work to extend opportunities for apprenticeships to individuals and communities which are currently underrepresented. This includes women, black and minority ethnic, the disabled and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

She was already serving, and continues to serve, as Chair of the East Sussex Enterprise Advisers Network, which brings employers into schools and colleges to advise students about the wealth of employment opportunities open to them.

Commenting, Ms Ghani said: “I’m very lucky that National Apprenticeship Week has come so early into my tenure as Chair of the Diversity Network. It has given me an incredible opportunity to meet literally hundreds of enthusiastic apprentices and committed employers.

“The Budget came in the middle of National Apprenticeship Week, and I was delighted that the Government put skills front and centre of it by pledging £500m for new technical routes to rival A Levels. As a society, we must work to ensure that apprenticeships and technical courses are held in the same esteem as more traditional educational options. I look forward to helping make that the case.”

Last week, Ms Ghani also marked National Apprenticeship Week by sponsoring and attending a Careers Fair at Hailsham Community College, where over 50 organisations came in to speak to students, parents and carers about future career options.