MP picks new apprentice

Harlow MP Robert Halfon has appointed a second apprentice to work in his House of Commons office.

Louis Luck, who studied history, politics and religious studies at A level and achieved ABC in his final exams, follows in the footsteps of Andy Huckle, who was the first-ever MP’s apprentice.

Mr Halfon said: “Since I was elected to the House of Commons I have campaigned long and hard to improve apprenticeships in our country.

“For this reason I employed the first ever MP’s apprentice and now am proud to have the second apprentice.

“Louis is an outstanding individual who went through a gruelling college interview process.”

Louis added: “Ever since Year 11 I have had a great interest in politics. Since then it has become my greatest passion.

“Having the opportunity to work with Robert and in the Houses of Parliament is the most superb opportunity and is a dream come true.”

Louis will be completing a Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration, while working with Mr Halfon at the House of Commons from Monday to Wednesday, studying in Harlow College on Thursdays, and working with Mr Halfon in Harlow on Fridays.

Mr Halfon added: “Apprenticeships are not just about economic efficiency but about social justice as they give young people the chance to get on the conveyor belt to skills, jobs, and opportunities. 

“As well as hiring an apprentice I have created with the NUS a national Apprentice Card, which gives apprentices that same financial benefits that graduates get. This is set to include high street discounts, and cheaper bank accounts.”

Mr Halfon will soon launch the Parliamentary Academy for Apprentices, with the charity New Deal of the Mind. This will enable every MP to have an apprentice if they choose.

Mr Halfon said: “I congratulate Harlow College and Essex County Council for their groundbreaking apprentice scheme, and thank Dean Barclay who has given a financial contribution to support Louis Luck this year. 

“It is no accident that this apprenticeship scheme has been praised by Government Ministers. Harlow College has even won praise from the Prime Minister, David Cameron.”