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Gordon Birtwistle, MP for Burnley, praises work of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation for Apprenticeships programme
The Government's 'apprenticeships ambassador' praised the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation for its work to get school leavers into paid-employment.
Gordon Birtwistle, the MP for Burnley, described the foundation’s work as “commendable” when he visited the club today and said he hoped more organisations would follow its lead.
More than 30 young people aged between 18 and 25 are taking an apprenticeship with the foundation and its partners.
After meeting young trainees, including those who have since gone into full employment, the Liberal Democrat MP said Spurs were doing inspiring work.
Mr Birtwistle said: “Apprenticeships are the way forward because they provide on-the-job training and offer a wage with a career at the end of it.
“I started my working life as an apprentice and I have never looked back since."
Spurs Foundation chief executive Grant Cornwell said apprentices play a big part in the future of the organisation.
He said: “Here at Tottenham Hotspur we are big advocates of apprenticeships and the benefits that they can bring to young people in helping them prepare for the work place.
“We have seen first-hand the incredible motivation that our apprentices have, along with their desire and commitment to contribute to our organisation.
“We firmly believe that apprentices will help play a huge part in the growth of our organisation in the coming years.”
The charity currently runs seven apprenticeships in sport, two in IT, 30 in hospitality with catering partner Lindley Group and a global coaching apprenticeship.
More apprenticeships in retail are due to start in January 2014.
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