5 apprenticeship experts you need to follow on Twitter

Social media plays a key role in the promotion of ideas and initiatives within the apprenticeship sector. If you want to keep up-to-date on all things UK apprenticeships, here are five people you need to follow on Twitter.

Nick Boles – @NickBolesMP

As the Minister of State jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education, Nick Boles knows everything about apprenticeships.

The Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford played a key role in implementing the government’s 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 initiative this summer, and continues to be a leading figure within the sector.

Lindsay McCurdy – @App4England

Lindsay McCurdy is a renowned character within the apprenticeship industry, both on the national and international stage.

As  CEO  of Apprenticeships4england, her mission is to celebrate and share the good work that is done to support businesses, training providers, awarding bodies, national bodies and young people into and through apprenticeships, and she does so through the social media platform.

McCurdy also serves as ambassador at European Alliance for Apprenticeships, in which her role is to bring together public authorities, business and social partners, VET providers and many other figures to coordinate and upscale different initiatives for successful apprenticeship type schemes.

Make sure to follow her for all the latest apprenticeship developments.

Elaine Mead – @Career_Bird

Elaine is well known for her work as a writer for Learnist Careers, where she gives helpful tips and advice to those wanting to become an apprentice.

Passionate about the apprenticeship sector and education, Elaine constantly uses Twitter to highlight how the sector can be improved by government.

Nicky Morgan – @NickyMorgan01

Nicky Morgan has served as Member of Parliament for Loughborough since 2010 and has been the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities since 2014.

Morgan has consistently campaigned to close the growing skills gap within the UK’s population of young people, and has used Twitter to voice her opinions. Get a bit closer to UK politics by following Nicky.

Matthew Hancock – @MattHancockMP

Hancock is currently Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, but has always been a keen supporter of UK apprenticeships.

On 2nd June 2014, Hancock gave a speech at the annual conference of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers addressing the need to reform the UK’s apprenticeship sector.

‘‘Now is the time to reform our apprenticeships system, to make it truly world-leading and to put apprentices at the very forefront of economic growth in the years to come.’’

‘‘So that side by side with university, apprenticeships are the norm for young people leaving school.’’

‘‘Alongside that goal, I want apprenticeships to become the first choice for businesses, professions and employers of all kinds across the country to train their next generation of skilled staff.’’

For more words of wisdom regarding the British apprenticeships, be sure to follow Nick on Twitter.