Success of apprenticeships is almost entirely due to our MP

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Mr Cook (Letters to the Editor, June 2) was as unfair as he was unwise.

Not only does he disregard the tens of thousands of businesses who offer apprenticeships, including some of Britain’s best, like Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Bentley, BT, BAE, and now leading local firms like Bakkover and Kerry Foods, he also offends the hundreds of thousands of people who successfully complete apprenticeships each year.

One of the current Government’s greatest achievements has been to breathe new life into apprenticeship programmes, with thousands being developed at degree level – undreamed of just a few years ago.

This flagship policy success is almost entirely down to the imagination and determination of our local MP John Hayes.

Before becoming a Government minister he had earned a reputation as one of the most diligent MPs and is now widely regarded as being amongst the most effective members of the Government.

If Mr Cook doubts this perhaps he can explain why Mr Hayes is regularly complimented for his efforts by his fellow MPs, has built one of the biggest majorities in Parliament, and why the all party House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s recent report says that for every £1 spent on apprenticeships there is an £18 return for our economy?

Robert Thomas

Deeping St James