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Midlands MD wins minister’s ear on apprenticeship database

Julie White, managing director of a drilling, sawing and demolition specialist, has been praised by the minister of skills for innovation after suggesting a national apprenticeship database.

Ms White contacted her MP, Mark Pawsey, when she found that her Warwickshire-based firm, D-Drill, couldn’t contact potential workers who had finished apprenticeship schemes but hadn’t secured full-time employment.

“I thought I would be able to contact those people and say to them that even though it didn’t work out with their previous company, there might be an opportunity to join D-Drill”, Ms White said.

She added that it seemed “ludicrous” that she couldn’t get in touch because of data protection issues.

“Basically, I can’t make contact with somebody who wants a job to tell them there might be the chance of a good, full-time job with a good company, where we will train them and give them an opportunity to grow with the business!”

Mr Pawsey helped Ms White put the idea to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, who forwarded it on to the National Apprenticeship Service.

Minister for skills Matthew Hancock responded with a letter saying he appreciated the suggestion.

“The details on how this would be managed and resourced, and its feasibility in terms of practicality would, of course, need careful deliberation” Mr Hancock said in the letter.

“However, I consider this an innovative idea and have taken the opportunity to forward the suggestion to the National Apprenticeship Service for discussion on the possibility of taking forward such a scheme.”

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