Letter on apprentice scheme at Lincolnshire firm

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 14 November 2017

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To the Editor,

Dear Sir,

I write to congratulate Lincolnshire construction firm Gelder Group for its decision to double the number of apprentices over the next three years.

Your report says the firm, which employs 300 people staff, has trained 300 apprentices since its formation in 1988 - 37 of those in the last three years alone.

That really is something to be proud of - apprenticeships are too often forgotten in today's educational and business areas.

UKIP believes in an education system which works for every child, regardless of their background or academic ability - that's why not only would we being back grammar schools, we would also support a range of secondary schools, including vocational, technical and specialist schools and provide opportunities for all young people.

That's why I found it refreshing to read that 10 per cent of the workforce at Gelder Group are apprentices and young people can undertake training with the firm across a range of areas including design, insurance surveying, building, plumbing, bricklaying, joinery, tiling, decorating and more.

Yours faithfully,

Margot Parker, MEP for Lincolnshire and UKIP deputy leader



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