Sir George celebrated National Apprenticeship Week by visiting the headquarters of Test Valley Borough Council at Beech Hurst, in Andover.
"I met two apprentices who had done six months of their course, and other apprentices who had completed a course, got their certificates, and then gone on to work full time for Test Valley.
I was delighted to hear that Test Valley are increasing the number of apprenticeships in their Customer Services Division, and I was very impressed by the way they supported the apprentices during their time at Beech Hurst."
Test Valley is one of many local authorities who employ apprentices within the country. Hampshire County Council will employ 1,000 apprentices within the County Council by March 2018, and apprentices will also be supported by a £1 million grant and loan towards a Technology and Skills Centre at Andover College. The apprentices at Beech Hurst are supervised by Sparsholt or Andover College, where they spend roughly one day a week.
"It is important for young people to have the opportunity of doing an apprenticeship, and I would encourage local businesses to provide vacancies, and the schools to give information and advice about apprenticeships as part of their career guidance to school leavers."
Sir George spent part of the afternoon sitting next to Dan McMillan at the reception desk at Beech Hurst.
"I was very impressed with the friendly way that people were greeted as they came into Beech Hurst, and by Dan's knowledge of the range of services provided by the local authority and the appropriate person to refer customers to".
Below is a Press release from Andover College
North West Hampshire MP Sir George Young had a taste of life as an Apprentice this week having gone ?back to the floor? with Business Administration Apprentices Daniel Weeks and Ellie Hamblen at Test Valley Borough Council.
Sir George rolled up his sleeves to work alongside Daniel and Ellie to celebrate the College?s first class Apprenticeship programme during National Apprenticeship Week 2015. Visitors to the offices at Beech Hurst may have been surprised to be greeted by Sir George as he manned the reception desk.
Sir George also met past Apprentices who are now permanent members of staff at the council, including Jordan Boon, who was awarded Andover College Apprentice of the Year in 2014.
The experience gave the MP a valuable insight in apprenticeships as he followed quite a different education and training path to his political career, commenting: ?I?ve had a very interesting time at Beech Hurst, headquarters of Test Valley Borough Council meeting a number of Apprentices and I have been enormously impressed with how an Apprenticeship leads to a good job, with a good employer."
Daniel and Ellie are studying a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship with Test Valley Borough Council. The course will provide them with skills needed to progress in a business support role covering areas such as administration, communication, providing reception services and IT skills.
Commenting on the programme Ellie said: ?I chose to do an Apprenticeship and go straight into work as it provided me with more experience, especially working for Test Valley Borough Council. There are many opportunities for progression working with the Council and lots of departments I can gain valuable experience in. I would recommend an Apprenticeship as it gives you good practical skills and you get paid to learn.?