MP looks to set an example by hiring apprentice

Thornbury and Yate MP, Steve Webb, has got behind the idea of investing in the future workforce by announcing he will soon be hiring an apprentice.

Webb hopes the role will benefit those looking to gain office skills and new qualifications. Although the role is open to anyone, it is particularly aimed at school-leavers, many of whom are having to battle a competitive jobs market at the moment.

Mr Webb, who is a Lib Dem MP and Minister of State for Pensions, is hoping to find an apprentice for his Yate office. Webb is working in collaboration with Becci Hobbs from N-Gaged who will oversee the day release training aspect of the role.

Mr Webb said: “I have been encouraging local employers to give apprenticeship opportunities to local people and to young people in particular, so I thought I should lead by example. We hope to recruit someone who will complement the existing office team and will be committed to serving local people. This will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the work of an MP and I am sure that we will get a lot of interest in the post.”