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KM Column - Apprenticeship Fair - 17 January 2019

Starting out in life is hard. We all know that the first break we get can shape our future. That’s why getting a good start matters so much.

The decision of what to do when you leave school is always difficult, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming. We know there are many options; getting a job, going to university, travelling, or get an apprenticeship, but that can make it hard to know which one is right for you. There’s often a lot of pressure, and you may feel that because your friends are all going in one direction, and you’re being encouraged by peers to do the same, that you have to do it too. But that’s not right. We must each do what is right for us.

That is why Tracey Crouch MP, Helen Whately MP, Helen Grant MP and I have decided to organise an Apprenticeship Fair on Friday 8 February at Mote Park in Maidstone. If you’re not sure further education is for you, then it’s a fantastic opportunity for you to see what kind of apprenticeships are out there. You can find exactly what they are, how you get one, and what you can get out of it. You may even find an apprenticeship somewhere you wouldn’t expect, like the Environment Agency, Rolls Royce, or the Merchant Navy - they’ll all be there. 

Knowing that you have a huge range of options in front of you is so important for young people to develop the future that they want. We’ve already got many companies confirmed, but we’d love to have more, particularly in the creative sector, so if you’d be happy to come along and talk about your company and what you offer, then please do get in touch with me at tom.tugendhat.mp@parliament.uk. We’d love to have you on board. 

Georgie Welford