Gordon had a busy diary for National Apprenticeship Week (5th to 9th March) last week. Here is a round up of what he got up to in Parliament as Labour's Shadow Apprenticeship Minister, but also in Blackpool South as the local Member of Parliament.
On the Monday Gordon attended the FE Week & AELP AAC Apprenticeship Awards parliamentary reception. This was the first year it was held and was a platform to celebrate the amazing achievements made by apprenticeship providers and employers across the UK.
Tuesday, Adam Evenson, Gordon's recently appointed constituency office apprentice wrote for Labour List about his experience of being a level 3 apprentice in a MP's office. You can read the article in full by clicking here .
Staying on the Tuesday Gordon met with with young apprentices from the pub, bar, casual dining and brewing industry (pictured). Gordon chatted to Richard and Connor - both doing a new Level 4 Brewer Apprenticeship backed by the British Beer and Pub Association. He said: "What they are doing is a great advert for progression in the sector."
Wednesday, Gordon wrote his own article for Huffington Post outlining how "Labour Will Make Sure Everyone Will Have The Opportunity For A Life-Changing, Quality Apprenticeship".
On Thursday Gordon was back in the constituency with his first meeting of the day at the opening of the new Lancashire Energy HQ. He met with a number of apprentices doing higher and degree apprenticeships in engineering with Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels. He said: "I think this is an excellent facility to have and great addition to the other campuses the college already has. It will give the apprentices I have met this morning the opportunity to work and train on existing renewable technologies but also emerging ones."
Gordon ended the week on Friday meeting with level 2 and level 3 apprentices from Blackpool Council's HeadStart programme. Afterwards he commented: "They are doing some really exciting work helping young people (10 to 16) across Blackpool learn new skills, fulfill their potential and be more resilient in all walks of life. The funding for HeadStart will last five years and I look forward to working and engaging with them further so their work has a lasting legacy in Blackpool."
To find out more about National Apprenticeship Week, click here .