David Morris column

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.
David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.

This week is National Apprenticeship week, I am particularly proud to support to support National Apprenticeship week as it is a great way to get young people into work and give them a good start in life.

In 2009/10 there was 560 apprentices in Morecambe and Lunesdale, the figures from 2012/13 show that there was 1,130 apprentices that means the number of apprentices have more than doubled since the last Labour Government left office.

In the North West, apprenticeships have increased by 88.9 per cent between 2011 and 2012 which means that there are 89.310 new apprenticeship start ups. I know that Costain, who are building the Heysham M6 Link road, plan to take on apprentices too.

On Friday I am looking forward to attending an apprenticeship event organised by Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce.

I will look forward to meeting business people who employ apprentices and also hearing Ian Stewart, the Station Manager of Heysham 1, talk about how fundamental apprentices are to EDF’s model.

There will also be representatives at the event from the National Apprenticeship Service and Lancaster and Morecambe College.

Also this week, I am looking forward to welcoming pupils from Our Lady’s College who are visiting the House of Commons and having a tour of the building. If you would like information about visiting the House of Commons please take a look at my website www.davidmorrismp.co.uk and look under the ‘in Parliament’ section.

My next advice surgery is on Friday, March 14, this is an appointment only surgery.

In the coming weeks, I plan to launch a business breakfast; the idea is to invite local business leaders to network and to discuss all things business.

If you think it is something that your business would be interested in taking part in, please contact me for more details.

I see it as an ideal opportunity for our local businesses to network especially with the Heysham M6 Link Road already under construction.