The Guardian focuses on Newcastle as National Apprentice Week shows how well this reform is going.
It is clear that school-leavers' attitudes are changing:
As one apprentice says: "People used to think that if you go on to sixth form, you go on to uni, and now people know it's not the only way."
National Apprenticeship Week is designed to raise the profile of on-the-job training.
Full praise to my Hexham Shire constituent Bob Paton, who is leading the way in the North East at Accenture.
More details of my thoughts on this in the debate I held in the House: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2013-11-27a.93.0