London Professional Apprentices receive a visit from Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Published at 13:03 PM on 19 February 2015

Apprentices on the London Professional Apprenticeship (LPA) programme were visited today by Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property, during a training event to provide enhanced skills, knowledge and networks to their core apprenticeship.

The LPA is an innovative apprenticeship enhancement programme delivered to up to 250 outstanding young Londoners in the capital’s professional and business services sector.

The programme is particularly focused on helping employers, many of whom are SMEs, attract high performing, motivated young people into professional and business services roles.  Designed and led by PwC, the programme works with employers to address the needs of their business, as well as those of young people.

Training modules offered by the LPA support learning that is not available to young people as a part of their core apprenticeship programme. Modules are relevant to work in the capital, such as exporting, entrepreneurship and London's role in the UK and global economy. The model has been designed to be sustainable and could be applied to other cities and regions.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, said:

“The LPA demonstrates career paths available through our internationally respected professional and business services industry. 

“It is great to see the commitment and enthusiasm of the apprentices here at today’s training. Since May 2010 there have been more than 2.1 million apprenticeship starts and we look forward to seeing them develop their careers. It is rewarding to see the next generation of skilled business people develop and ensure not only their own future but growth for the country as a whole.”

Michael Kane, PwC Director who leads the LPA, and hosted today's event at PwC's More London offices, said;

“The LPA is a fantastic way to attract the next generation of business people and help them create the business networks to succeed. We’ve had tremendous feedback from employers and apprentices alike, who are benefitting from the additional training and mentoring provided. The LPA really challenges traditional perceptions of who can access career opportunities in London and is based on people’s potential to learn and employer’s enthusiasm to grow their business.”

The programme is part of the Government’s strategy to help employers to bridge the skills gaps and grow the UK economy.



National Apprenticeship Week runs from 9-13 March 2015. Find out more here #NAW2015


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