Over the last 4 years I am proud as an MP that I have supported apprenticeships by hiring, training and then retaining an apprentice, working out of the Hexham office. We have also had over 150 work experience and interns in Hexham and occasionally in Westminster. At all stages we are trying to ensure that people are seeing what I do as an elective representative week in week out, and try and get an understanding of the everyday demands and duties of an MP.
This week I have a young student, Joshua Babajide, helping Dan in the Westminster office, and trying to learn more about politics and the office of an MP, albeit I am based in Hexham this week.
Joshua comes to us via the Social Mobility Foundation, which is an excellent charity that aims to make a practical improvement to the lives of young people by helping them gain work experience in a range of professional environments. This is a charity that is doing so much to help young people get their first experiences of a number of different professions. Other students from the foundation go and experience what it is like to work in a variety of career sectors such as Accountancy, Media, Engineering and Law. It is nice to know that, out of all the possible fields, Joshua decided to learn more about politics.