Apprentices teach Danny a thing or two

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander became the first of the party’s MPs to spend a day learning from apprentices as part of the ‘A Million Jobs for a Stronger Economy’ campaign.

Danny visited the Morrisons supermarket in Inverness, where newly qualified butcher David Webster and baker Stuart Crombie taught him the tricks of the trades.

Morrisons is currently one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the UK. The store in Inverness, which has recently undergone a major refurbishment, employs more than 250 people and is keen to help staff develop their skills as part of their national apprenticeship programme.

Danny said:

“I was delighted to take part in Morrisons’ apprenticeship scheme.

“David and Stuart did a remarkable job teaching me the basics of their professions. It is hugely encouraging to see these highly skilled individuals take so much pride in their work.

“Morrisons has contributed greatly to jobs and the economy in the centre of Inverness. And on a national level they contribute greatly to the UK Government apprenticeship targets.”

David Webster, 28, said:

“I think that learning on the job from someone who really knows what they’re doing is the best experience you can get. My apprenticeship scheme with Morrisons combined this with learning at college so I got the best of both worlds. The team on the butchery counter in the store have so much knowledge, working alongside them is a real privilege.”

As part of his 12 month training programme to gain an IPQ qualification in Butchery, David has shadowed a master butcher and completed four week-long intensive training courses at the City of Glasgow Food Technology College.

He has learnt about the bone structure of different animals, how to trim the meat and how to make the products on sale on the counter such as sausages and black pudding.

Liberal Democrat MPs across the UK will be spending days learning from apprentices as part of the ‘A Million Jobs for a Stronger Economy’ campaign.


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  • commented 2013-07-13 18:26:41 +0100
    I have no researched evidence but I am under the impression that traditional apprentices were very low paid employees until they got their qualifications after 5 years of training. The first year of training was being the tea maker and gopher. My understanding is that the unions fought for and got a reasonable wage for apprentices. So the employers stopped doing apprenticeships.
  • commented 2013-06-21 12:06:56 +0100
    I am in favour of apprentice schemes and can not understand why they were ever abandoned. It is also good that ministers are showing their support. I am however concerned that some employers will use the scheme as a source of cheap, public funded labour.


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