Six Apprentice footballers from LFE have attended a meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street to celebrate modern Apprenticeships.
The event organised by TUC officials saw Adam Matthews (Cardiff City), Sean Scannell (Crystal Palace), Korey Smith and Tom Adeyemi (Norwich City), Daniel Powell (MK Dons) and Matt Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers) mixed with ministers, union officials and Apprentices from other industries as part of a drive to showcase the talent and value that Apprenticeships can offer to business and the wider economy.
LFE has become one of the top WBL providers in the country with achievement rates that currently sit 20% above the national average, putting LFE among the top work-based learning training providers in the country.
LFE Chief Executive, Alan Sykes believes that the inclusion of LFE’s Apprentices at the event is a ringing endorsement of the work being undertaken on the programme. Speaking about the event, he said,
“We were delighted that our Apprentices were chosen to accompany PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor, to Downing Street to highlight the excellent work that is taking place on our programme and share best practice with the Government.”
“The government has said that we need to help young people explore their full potential and give them the tools and experience they need to excel, and at LFE we’re proving that this approach really does work.”