Hull Training apprentices impress MPs

Two young people from Hull visited the House of Commons yesterday to talk about apprenticeships and skills training.

Gavin Garner, 20, and Hannah Cuthbert, 17, spoke at the House of Commons Education Committee about how their apprenticeships through Hull Training and Adult Education (HTAE) had changed their lives.

They were invited to speak by Emma Hardy MP after she visited HTAE as part of National Apprenticeship Week in March.

The Committee was eager to take a more in-depth look at what is happening with apprenticeship and skills provision at a local level. As well as the two apprentices, representatives from Hull Training and Adult Education were also invited to London to speak.

Gavin is a caretaker apprentice at Hull City Council and Hannah is a business administration apprentice at Hull University.

Speaking to the committee, Gavin said: “I have a lot of support from the council and the people around me. “It’s my ideal job, I love it, I really do
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“I haven’t had the best past, and I’ve never made really good choices, but now I’ve realised you can use your past experiences to make the right choices in your life.

“You’ve got to want to learn and want to do an apprenticeship because it is difficult – getting up at 6.30am every morning and getting two buses was a wake-up call.”

Like Gavin, Hannah said she struggled for motivation until she found an apprenticeship at Hull University in business administration. Hannah spoke of the support she receives from HTAE and how it is currently helping her pass an NVQ in Business.


Matt Jukes, chief executive at Hull City Council, said: “Gavin and Hannah were a credit to our city yesterday. The way they spoke, with such confidence, clarity and intelligence was inspirational.


“Hull Training and Adult Education does amazing work, offering both opportunities and support to people who want to progress their careers and succeed – Gavin and Hannah are outstanding examples of what can be achieved.”


You can watch the two apprentices speaking at the House of Commons Education Committee by following the below link –


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