Dominic Raab MP meets Elmbridge apprentices to mark National Apprenticeship Week

This afternoon (12 February) Dominic Raab MP marked National Apprenticeship Week by virtually meeting with three Elmbridge-based apprentices at Keltbray, a major construction engineering business headquartered in Esher.

Dominic met virtually with:

  • Andrew Lohmann, who has completed apprenticeships in manual demolition and construction engineering at Keltbray, and is due to begin a level 6 (degree equivalent) civil engineering apprenticeship in September.
  • Michelle Mitchelson, who joined Keltbray as an administrator, and following promotion has begun a level 3 business administration apprenticeship.
  • Harry Bird, who joined Keltbray as a student engineer after taking his GCSEs, is now in his final year of a level 6 civil engineering apprenticeship, and is likely to move on to a level 7 apprenticeship in advanced engineering.

Andrew, Michelle and Harry discussed their experiences as apprentices at Keltbray, while Holly Price (Keltbray’s Skills & Communities Director, who also joined the meeting) discussed Keltbray’s broader commitment to apprenticeships.

Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab said:

It was great to speak to Andrew, Michelle and Harry from Keltbray this afternoon. They embody what National Apprenticeship Week is all about – celebrating the brilliant work done by apprentices across the country, and the opportunities that apprenticeships provide.

The government is supporting employers to take on more apprentices, including by offering up to £2,000 for each new apprentice hired, so more people can benefit from the experience that Andrew, Michelle and Harry have had.”

Michelle Mitchelson, PA & Team Assistant, Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship at Keltbray, said:

I have always been someone who loved to learn just for the sake of learning and I enjoy new challenges so I jumped at the opportunity to do this apprenticeship. So far I have enjoyed learning more about Keltbray and understanding more about how the company works. It’s a great way to study further while also working and gaining experience in the workplace alongside your studies. An apprenticeship is tailored to your current company and allows you to fully understand how you fit into it by allowing you to practice your learning within your role. I find this approach far better than any of my previous qualifications, where all of my learning was just scenario based.”

Holly Price, Skills & Communities Director at Keltbray, said:

It’s vital that we continue to invest heavily in apprenticeship schemes to ensure we bridge the skills gap in our industry. Continuing to deliver training and apprenticeships to equip the next generation of talent with the skills they need to join the workforce is crucial, and Keltbray is proud to advocate vocational qualifications as a means to gaining the critical experience for success in the workplace alongside learning.”

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