Ways to improve apprentices’ academic achievements were discussed by a delegation of business leaders during a visit to Downing Street, including a businessman from Silsoe.
The group met with business minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe to discuss extending the scope of the Government’s Trailblazer programme.
CEO of Silsoe-based The Automative Technology Group Andy Robinson was invited by trade organisation Electronic Systems Council after his firm demonstrated a strong commitment to training through its academy.
Mr Robinson said: “As a fast growing SME with a long history of training apprentices, the Automated Technology Group is a strong supporter of the concept of degree level apprenticeships as envisaged under the government’s Trailblazer scheme.
“It is important that undergraduates gain industry-based vocational training in their breaks from university, if they are to be able to move into rewarding roles in the industry soon after graduation.”
Baroness Neville-Rolfe outlined a target of 150 graduate apprenticeships this September, with at least 10 per cent being with SMEs.
ESCO has campaigned to bring degree-level qualifications to the Trailblazer scheme.