Business talks at Number 10 for Silsoe-based company executive

Andy Robinson meets Baroness Neville-Rolfe at Number 10
Andy Robinson meets Baroness Neville-Rolfe at Number 10

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.