ELLESMERE Port MP Andrew Miller rolled up his sleeves and got ‘back to the floor’ to mark his commitment to the Apprenticeship programme.

Mr Miller joined catering Apprentices at West Cheshire College as part of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week to help them prepare food for an internal competition.

He was teamed up with 17-year-old Michael Hodges from Blacon who is taking a Level 1 diploma in catering and hospitality and already beginning to win competitions.

Mr Miller said: "The Apprenticeship Programme is vital to both businesses and employers. Apprentices develop the skills they need for good careers and employers have a pool of people with the right skills for their businesses.

"It was a fascinating morning and I had excellent tuition from young chef Michael who definitely has a great future ahead of him.

"I’m really looking forward to trying out my kitchen skills on my family."

Describing Mr Miller’s whole roasted poussin as "not too bad", chef and tutor Paul Baxter said: "He was quite a good student – he listened and asked good questions. I think I could make a chef of him if he had the time."

He was joined in his ‘back to the floor’ experience by College Principal Sara Mogel who shadowed marketing apprentice Rachael Boardman taking photographs and preparing news release about the National Apprenticeship Week.

Sara said: "Doing this has made me appreciate even more the contribution our apprentices make to the success of the college as a business. I also now know how difficult it can be to pull together a press release!"

Apprentice Rachael said: "It was a bit daunting spending the morning with an MP and the Principal but it was really interesting.


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Trainee chef Michael Hodges shows Andrew Miller how to prepare a poussin as part of the MP’s ‘back to the floor’ experience.