Reading West MP celebrates national apprenticeship week at local nursery

Reading West MP celebrates national apprenticeship week at local nursery

Alok Sharma met with apprentices at Fledglings Day Nursery in Tilehurst.

MP tith young apprentice at Nursery
Alok Sharma with one of the Young Apprentices

A children’s nursery in Reading West hosted their local MP as part of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW).

Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, visited Fledglings Day Nursery to celebrate the 13th NAW.

Alok spoke to apprentices at the nursery to help raise awareness of apprenticeships in the Reading, Berkshire area.

The apprenticeships are organised by local training provider Chiltern Training.

Louise Otty, owner of Fledglings Day Nursery and Fledglings Lodge in Tilehurst, Reading, is supervising five apprentices across the two sites.

During the visit, Alok spoke to apprentices Chloe, Lauren and Amelia.

The Young Apprentices at a Nursery
The Young Apprentices

Chloe recently completed her level 2 CYPW apprenticeship and Alok presented her with the certificate.

Alok Sharma MP said: “I was delighted to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week with them.”

There have been 8,370 apprenticeship starts in Reading West since 2010.

Chloe said: “I have really enjoyed completing my level 2 apprenticeship, I love the hands-on learning that I get at the nursery. My assessor gives me guidance and support as well as the college tutors.”

Louise said: “The students get a combination of ‘on the job training’ from experienced staff/mentors as well as classroom-based support when attending college – of course also being paid to gain their qualifications is also beneficial.”

Apprenticeships give young people a great way to learn while they are working and earning.

For employers, apprentices bring passion and energy into their business and are a great way to get the skilled work force they need.

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