PM praises Barnoldswick jobs boost

PM praises Barnoldswick jobs boost

Published at 5:37pm 11th May 2016. (Updated at 9:51pm 17th May 2016)

The Prime Minister has praised an apprenticeship scheme in Barnoldswick. 

David Cameron was responding to a statement made by Pendle's MP, Andrew Stephenson, during Prime Minister's Questions.

A number of jobs have recently been secured at Silentnight through its apprenticeship scheme.

The company employs more than 1,000 people in Barnoldswick. 

Raising the issue in Parliament, Mr Stephenson said: "I recently visited Silentnight in Barnoldswick, whose award winning apprenticeship scheme has now created 40 full-time jobs. Will the Prime Minister join me in congratulating Silentnight on the success of their scheme which has helped the company expand?"

David Cameron replied: "That is a good example of a business expanding under this Government. They're big backers of apprenticeships, and of course, our target is three million apprenticeships in this Parliament." 

A spokesperson for Silentnight said: "Over the last five years, we have trained 44 apprentices in a variety of different roles across the business, from production operatives through to management roles.

"All of our apprentices are paid above the national living wage and are guaranteed a full-time, permanent position on successful completion of their apprenticeship, with opportunities for further progression."