Michael Tomlinson supports apprenticeships in Dorset.


The subject of apprenticeship funding was discussed by MPs in a debate in parliament. Local Member of Parliament, Michael Tomlinson spoke in support of apprenticeships and highlighted the good work being done in Dorset to support and recruit apprentices.

Increasing the number of apprenticeships is a key aim for the Government. Michael Tomlinson, who is the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Employment, backs apprenticeships as a vital method of providing opportunity for young people in Dorset.

Michael said “The debate on apprenticeships is important as they provide great opportunities for our young people to gain both employment and skills. They are also vitally important for many of our local businesses. I was pleased to speak in support of apprentices and local businesses who run apprenticeship schemes.”

Michael highlighted the work of TestLink and the PME Group as good examples of local businesses who support apprentices and also praised the work of Ian Girling and the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry who run a Young Chamber that helps link schools and employers.

Ian Girling from DCCI said “Employers frequently tell us of the importance in preparing young people for the world of work, not only in terms of good quality careers advice, but also the development of those soft skills such as communication and teamwork that are so important. Our Young Chamber programme is making a real difference in engaging schools and businesses to work together in offering not only valuable insights in to careers but also inspire and motivate young people to achieve and succeed. We are delighted that Michael has taken such a keen interest in this programme and highly value his support.”

Jade Chalk, Commercial Director of PME Group added “Apprentices play a key role in our local business and I am pleased that our local MP is taking this matter so seriously. I look forward to working with him to continue supporting apprenticeships.”

Michael spoke of the drop in youth unemployment and how the Government’s proposed Apprenticeship Levy offered local businesses real support when hiring young people.