Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Chloe Smith MP: 10,000 is more than just a number, that’s a lot of improved lives

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 06 March 2018 15:38

Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North declares her support for National Apprenticeship Week 2018 by encouraging Norwich employers to look beyond statistics.


Since 2010, in Norwich alone over 10,000 young people have started an apprenticeship and have been given the opportunity to earn and learn at the same time. Chloe calls on employers to use this year’s NAW to explore how an apprentice can benefit their business.


As founder and Chair of the Norwich For Jobs Project, Chloe has consistently called on local employers to give young people a chance to become a step closer to getting a job. Hundreds of employers have risen to the challenge and offered their support in a variety of ways, including through job opportunities, apprenticeships, work experience programmes and mentoring.

Norwich For Jobs supports young people become job-ready and helps employers to plug the skills gaps they are facing. Apprenticeships are often a means to help a young person enter a career that is right for them whilst allowing an employer to train a young person in the skills their business needs.


Chloe comments: “10,000 is more than just a number, that is a lot of improved lives. Each one of those apprenticeships started is a young person who has been given the opportunity by an employer to reach their potential. It is often too easy to see statistics and forget that each of those is a young person who deserves the chance to follow their career dreams. This National Apprenticeship Week I am calling on employers to look beyond the statistics and explore how taking on an apprentice can benefit their business- Norwich For Jobs stands ready to help!”


Employers can find out more about the Norwich For Jobs Project at and for specific advice about National Apprenticeship Week can be found at