TEENAGERS at Studley High School looked into the future last Friday when local MP, Nadhim Zahawi dropped in to give them an insight into the world of work.
Top of the agenda was the importance of apprenticeships to provide the skills and fulfilling careers for today’s younger generation and for the benefit of the country in the future.
“I want parents to be as proud of their children getting an apprenticeship as they are at getting place at Oxbridge.” the Stratford district MP told the school’s assembly.
He added he felt that there had been a change in attitudes towards apprenticeships ever since the previous coalition government took power five years ago.
“Over two million people are in apprenticeships and three million is my target and I believe that children should think about apprenticeships before they start A Levels,” he said.
“The important thing is that we make sure apprenticeships are aspirational and of high quality.”
Mr Zahawi, who has worked with the school for many years, also did a question and answer session with pupils and toured the premises.
“If a school invites me, I will talk in assemblies like I have at Studley High School and look at any issue to make sure our schools get the right amount of funding,” he said.
Lee Gray, the school’s head teacher, said: “It has been a valuable experience for our pupils to develop and ask challenging questions of their local MP in a formal setting as well as gaining an insight into apprenticeships and work related learning in South Warwickshire.”