Jade Scott works for me. As the first MP to hire, train and then retain with a job an apprentice, in the form of Jade, I know what she has learnt and how hard it is to be an apprentice and then have the job helping to run the Hexham office. The TV show is not like that. So to a certain degree I agree with Vince Cable, the business secretary, who said yesterday that the show was sending out the wrong message.
The fact is that apprentices have doubled in our part of the North East, the training they are doing is brilliant and it is a real success story as youth unemployment is coming down. If you want to read Vince's comments the article is here:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/10119643/The-Apprentice-has-very-little-to-do-with-apprentices-says-Vince-Cable.html