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Ashton MP and Tameside College principal swap apprentices
Tuesday 14th March 2017 @ 11:55 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Tameside College asked two business administration apprentices to swap job roles for the day to see what working as apprentices in different organisations was really like.

Lauren Denton, who is apprentice to Jackie Moores, Principal of Tameside College, spent the day shadowing Ashton MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Angela Rayner, as she visited nearby St Peters Primary School and local recycling solutions business, Saica Natur.

Lauren said: “It was so nice to spend the day with Angela to get more of an insight into what being an MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Education is like. It was really interesting to see behind the scenes because most people don’t get to see what MPs do day-to-day.

“Angela is really approachable and I’ve enjoyed seeing a different side of politics and learned how hands-on MPs are. Angela is incredibly inspiring and an excellent role model to aspire to.”

Angela added: “As the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, reaching out to local schools is really important, especially as so many are facing cuts and need the support from their local MP.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for Lauren to shadow me as an apprentice employed within education to get an insight into the types of conversations we are having behind the scenes to make sure that every child is given the best opportunities to progress with their education.”

Role reversal: Chloe Brown (left) and Jackie Moores (right) 

Whilst Lauren went behind the scenes in local politics, Chloe Brown, who is apprentice to Angela Rayner, spent the day shadowing college principal Jackie, who took her through a day in her working life.

Activities included a morning meeting with Tameside’s Prosperous Board, which is a business-led strategic board supported by Tameside Council, with the aim of driving economic growth forward in Tameside.

Chloe also learned about the college’s ‘Vision Tameside’ project plans and a tour of their new Advanced Technologies Centre.

“Doing the apprentice swap with Jackie has given me more of an insight into education which is an area Angela is very passionate about in her role as Shadow Secretary of State for Education,” Chloe said.

“The swap has shown me that although Lauren and I are apprentices in different organisations that we have common themes that cross over. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and Jackie has been a great teacher.”

Jackie said: “I’ve really enjoyed showing Chloe some of the things that I do as part of my role as Principal and getting to know her better.

“It’s important for apprentices to get a feel for different roles in the workplace so they can learn about how all the different functions work together to create a successful business.

“The careers possibilities with apprenticeships are endless and we want to show students what they can accomplish by doing an apprenticeship.”