Minister for skills and enterprise, MP Mathew Hancock, visited Hexgreave Hall in Farnsfield where owners of 30 local businesses were invited to put questions to him.
The context of the meeting was apprenticeships as he is the minister responsible for apprenticeships, sixth-forms and further education.
Mr Hancock took questions from the business leaders and the feedback will be used to help form policy about encouraging businesses to take on young people and get them skilled and work ready whilst also providing them with income.
Sherwood MP, Mark Spencer, who was also in attendance, said: “I have always been a very keen supporter of apprenticeships, they are a brilliant way of taking someone who perhaps doesn’t have the relevant qualifications or experience for a job but the employer then has the opportunity to train them up, to invest in them and give them the skills that they need”
“It was a real privilege to have Mathew Hancock MP here to support the apprenticeship scheme in Sherwood and to engage with our local employers”
Mathew Hancock MP said: “I was delighted to visit Hexgreave Hall and it was great to meet local businesses and employers to talk about apprenticeships. We have a record number of apprenticeships at the moment, but I know we can do even more.
“That’s why I want them to see an apprenticeship become the new norm for young people not attending university, and I hope my visit will have persuaded local businesses in Sherwood to take on apprentices of their own.”