Jo Johnson MP visits London South East Colleges to mark National Apprenticeship Week

Local MP, Jo Johnson, visited London South East Colleges’ Orpington Campus on Friday to meet with a group of apprentices.

Friday marked the final day of National Apprenticeship Week 2017, an annual initiative which recognises the success of apprentices over the last decade and encourages more people to develop their career via an apprenticeship.

London South East Colleges, the region’s biggest college, operates in Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Orpington and offers a wide range of apprenticeships with many local and national employers.

The College currently has around a hundred apprenticeship vacancies across a range of sectors; including construction, engineering, dental nursing and marketing.

Upon his arrival, Jo spent time meeting with apprentices at the Orpington Campus, before enjoying a lunch in the award-winning, student-led cafeteria, BR6.

Jo also met with senior college staff, including the Principal Sam Parrett OBE, and discussed the College’s work and strategic plan for the future.

Jo said: “Apprenticeships are a major priority for this Government and it is hugely encouraging to hear about the great programmes on offer here at London South East Colleges.

“The apprentices I have met today represent the many young people who are benefiting from gaining qualifications within the workplace, ensuring they are learning practical and employability skills.

“Apprenticeships open the door to a range of progression pathways, including university, and set young people on the road to career success. I encourage anyone considering an apprenticeship to look at the many opportunities on offer here.

“I wish the outstanding young people I have met today the very best in their future careers and have no doubt they will all be hugely successful.”

Apprentice chef at BR6, Brandie Allen (19) said: “I really enjoyed meeting Jo Johnson today and telling him about my apprenticeship. I am usually in the kitchen cooking so it was a real treat to sit down in the restaurant!

“I am learning so much here and it’s great to be earning a real wage while I’m training. In the future I am hoping to open my own restaurant and feel the experience I am getting here at BR6 will give me a real head start.”

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Photograph shows Jo Johnson MP with senior staff of London South East Colleges and BR6 Apprentices. (l-r) Louise Wolsey (Executive Director of Corporate and Strategic Development); Sophie Carpenter ( Digital Marketing and Social Media Apprentice); Jo Johnson MP; Sam Parrett (Group CEO and Executive Principal, London South East Colleges); Brandie Allen (BR6 Apprentice); Margaret Kairu (Course Leader, Service Industries); Harrison Sims (BR6 Apprentice).