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MP swaps backbenches for docks

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

  • Sarah Newton, MP, learning new skills with Pendennis Shipyard apprentice and Cornwall College student Luke.

  • Sarah Newton, MP, learning new skills with Pendennis Shipyard apprentice and Cornwall College student Luke.

  • Sarah Newton, MP, learning new skills with Pendennis Shipyard apprentice and Cornwall College student Luke, left, and his mentor Ian.

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TRURO and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton swapped Westminster life for work as a shipyard apprentice for the afternoon.

The politician joined the young staff members at the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth Docks on Friday.

She was taking part in the National Apprenticeship Service's 'Jobswap' scheme, which allows the directors of companies employing apprentices to work as an apprentice for a day, and gives apprentices the chance to shadow a director.

Mrs Newton said: "It was a privilege to work alongside apprentices at Pendennis Shipyard, and to see first-hand the skill and expertise that goes into their work.

"Pendennis Shipyard is an excellent example of how companies can, through apprenticeships, develop the talent and commitment of local people to the benefit of the individual apprentice, the company, and the wider local economy. I am supporting ministers as they work with employers and the National Apprenticeship Service to spread this success and create more apprenticeships than ever before."

Her visit comes ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, between March 11 and 17.

More information on the event can be found at www.apprenticeships.org.uk or by calling 0800 0150600.

Are you a business employing apprentices, or are you an apprentice currently learning a trade with a local company? If so, let us know by calling our newsdesk on 01872 247560.

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