Huppert learns about Halford’s apprenticeship programme

2 March, 2012 No Comments

February 27, 2012

MP Julian Huppert has been invited to learn more about the apprenticeship programme run by national car repair and servicing business, Halfords.

Julian, Co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Transport Committee will visit Halfords Autocentre on the Coral Park Trading Estate in Cambridge on Friday (March 2).

His visit comes as part of National Apprenticeship Week and he will meet the centre’s apprentice and find out about the training offered by the company under the apprenticeship programme.

Julian will also see safety checks carried out on vehicles as part of the MOT test following the government’s decision not to change the annual inspections to every two years.

“I am looking forward to seeing how Halfords is helping young people to get a start in the car repair and servicing business through its apprenticeship programme,” he said.

“Schemes such as these are very worthwhile, giving apprentices the chance to learn skills in the workplace at the hands of highly trained people.

“And I am interested to learn more about the safety checks carried out on vehicles as part of the annual MOT test. I am pleased that the government is to maintain the yearly inspections because vehicle mechanical failure contributes to a significant number of accidents on our roads which lead to death or serious injury.

 “In 2010 there were 1,850 deaths and more than 200,000 injuries on our roads. That’s some 600 every day.

“Liberal Democrats strongly believe road safety should be central to the Coalition Government’s transport strategy and I look forward to working with the Secretary of State to further this agenda.”

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