Rory Stewart MP has celebrated the work of National Apprenticeships at an Interserve reception at the Houses of Parliament, which celebrated the importance of UK apprenticeships across all industries.

It coincided with Rory’s nomination to the APPG for Corporate Responsibility’s ‘2016 Responsible Business Awards’ of Penrith-based business Ast Signs, for its dedication to young people through its apprenticeship scheme.

Speaking at the event Rory said: “Responsible business and apprenticeships go hand in hand, and it is great to see so many employers creating so many apprenticeships for young people; last month, employers across the country pledged to create 30,000 new apprenticeships, which is wonderful for all communities. In Cumbria, I see local dedication to providing apprenticeships as key not just to our economy, but more importantly to the hopes and aspirations of young Cumbrians – enhancing their job prospects, giving them the chance to learn a wide range of skills, and helping them gain experience in different environments. I think the work at Ast Signs does just that, and that is also why I am choosing them as my nominated business for this year’s”

The annual Responsible Business Awards is a parliamentary scheme whereby MPs are given a chance to nominate businesses who, among other criteria, show a dedication to apprenticeships and training. Rory has already highlighted the excellent work of other companies in the constituency working hard in this field, including Cranstons and Innovia. Nominees will be invited to attend a parliamentary reception, and the national winner will be awarded by Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid MP.

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