Apprentices join Deputy Prime Minister to celebrate their success
Harry and Darren, both 21, were guests of Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert at the event at the House of Commons for apprentices and their employers.
The pair, who work for building company, Barratt Homes on its site in Trumpington Meadows, Cambridge were given the chance to quiz Mr Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats before having their photograph taken with him.
They were joined at the reception by their employer David Eardley, Managing Director for Barratt Eastern Counties.
Julian said: “I am delighted that we were able to celebrate Harry and Darren’s success on the apprenticeship programme. The scheme has encouraged 1,060 people to take up an apprenticeship in our city in the last two years.
“It’s great to see companies like Barratt offering apprenticeships in Cambridge and I am sure Harry and Darren will do well and go on to have promising careers.”
Harry, from Cambridge is in his first year of the Barratt Homes’ carpentry apprenticeship after working as a chef for two years.
He said: “This apprenticeship came at the perfect time and, as soon as I saw it I applied and couldn’t believe it when I actually got the job. I start college this month so will be able to gain qualifications at the same time as learning on the job.”
Darren, from Newmarket said: “I have always enjoyed working with local tradesmen at weekends and during the holidays and have had some experience with carpentry and as an electrician.
“I really enjoy learning from the experienced team at Trumpington Meadows. My plan is hopefully to become a site manager one day.”
David Eardley, said: “Trumpington Meadows is an ideal development for Harry and Darren to start their construction careers, offering them great experience in building sustainable homes.
“We take our commitment to hiring apprentices very seriously and we plan to hire further apprentices every year that we are working here in Cambridge.”
Nick Clegg said meeting Harry and Darren and seeing how much they have achieved through apprenticeships was inspirational.
“I want to see apprenticeships viewed as a much more mainstream route to work,” he said.