Reference number: ESPR/2110MNW Harlow Member of Parliament Robert Halfon has appointed a new apprentice – Louis Luck – to work with him as part of his continuing commitment to apprenticeships and one of Louis first meetings was with leaders from Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) and Harlow District Chamber of Commerce. Chairwoman of Mid and North West Essex FSB, Glenys Chatterley, said: "Essex FSB has been involved with the Essex Apprenticeship Scheme since its inception and are delighted that more than 7,000 young people started an apprenticeship this September, many of them in small businesses which will give them excellent training and experience. "During the last academic year 3,229 young people between the ages of 16 and 18 chose an apprenticeship as a route to work, up by 44 per cent on the previous year, with around 1,250 new apprentices being placed through the Essex scheme. "Last year Robert Halfon was the first MP to take on an apprentice at the House of Commons and is a strong advocate of the apprenticeship scheme, that apprentice has now moved on but we were not surprised that Robert appointed a new apprentice, Louis Luck, so quickly to fill the vacancy. "It was good to meet Louis in his first week of working with Robert and we were very impressed by his confidence, knowledge and commitment to the apprenticeship career path." Harlow MP Robert Halfon said: "Apprenticeships give young people opportunities to succeed by providing them with training and experience that will help their future careers. "I am delighted that the Essex Apprenticeship Scheme is doing so well and believe that MPs need to lead by example so employing an apprentice as part of my Parliamentary team was a natural extension of my support for apprenticeships. "I was very lucky with Andrew who worked with me last year and am delighted with the enthusiasm that Louis is showing as my new apprentice who took a conscious decision that this was the right career path for him rather than following traditional A Levels which were also available to him. "The training provided by Harlow College is also first class and I am very proud that here in Harlow we are able to provide our young people with these opportunities for success." The FSB represents more than 200,000 business people across the United Kingdom and is the largest single organisation representing business interests in the country. The Mid and North West Essex Branch of the FSB represents the interests of small businesses in the following postcode areas – CM0 to CM5, CM8, CM9 and CM17 to CM20 – which includes Chelmsford, Harlow, Maldon and Uttlesford Council areas. More information on the Essex Region of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) can be found at the Essex FSB website. Louis Luck, Harlow MP Robert Halfon, Chairwoman of Mid and North West Essex FSB, Glenys Chatterley and Harlow District Chamber of Commerce Chairman Vance Rowe.