Gillian started working life at 16 on an apprenticeship scheme with Delco Electronics, a subsidiary of General Motors Group,in Kirby near Liverpool. She spent these early years moving around the company, whilst also studying for a Business Studies degree at Liverpool John Moores University. Gillian's experience of a comprehensive and wide ranging apprenticeship provided her with a foundation of skills and knowledge that helped continue a 27 year long business career.

Gillian is the Co-Chair of the APPG for apprentices, providing a forum for parliamentarians and employers to discuss how to promote the role of high quality apprenticeships, such as the one Gillian experienced.  There is a focus on how to ensure that apprenticeships serve as a pathway to a career, and how the apprenticeship model can meet the changing skill demands from businesses.

The Group works to ensure that apprenticeships serve as a pathway to a career and how the apprenticeship model can meet the changing skill demands from businesses. The Group has heard from all the top apprenticeship experts, including recent Ministers for Skills, top civil servants and business groups but most importantly from apprentices themselves.

In June 2017, the Group launched an Annual Report with the following key recommendations:

  1. Schools and colleges should provide better information as part of a reformed careers advice service which proactively encourages young people to take up an apprenticeship;
  2. Employers, schools and government should promote the different types of apprenticeships available, particularly degree apprenticeships, so young people can make better informed choices about their future;
  3. Government and business should support SMEs to take on more apprentices, particularly those in large businesses’ supply chains;
  4. Apprentice pay should be raised in line with their level of experience and qualification as they progress in their role to ensure that the apprentice route is attractive to as many people as possible;
  5. Government should promote and build the brand confidence of apprenticeships and address the geographical disparity between the perception of apprenticeships;
  6. Employers and government should seek to address age parity in apprenticeships and promote a renewed focus on apprenticeships for older people;
  7. More should be done to encourage those in underrepresented sectors to take on an apprentice, particularly women, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, BAME and disabled people. All schemes should include mentoring for apprentices.



APPG Meeting on digital skills

Gillian Keegan MP chaired a meeting of the Apprenticeships APPG in parliament where discussions focused on digital skills and its uptake in schools, especially amongst girls.

University welcomes Gillian Keegan MP to its new Tech Park

On Friday 30th November, The University of Chichester has welcomed Chichester MP Gillian Keegan to its newly-opened Tech Park to see first-hand how the landmark development is producing graduates with skills to help the UK remain industrially-competitive on a global scale.

Laying the foundations. Chichester MP visits construction students

Chichester MP Gillian Keegan tried her hand at bricklaying at Chichester College this week.

She was visiting the campus during Colleges Week, part of the ‘Love Our Colleges’ national campaign that celebrates the positive impact of colleges on their local communities.

Alternative education routes for students - Chichester Observer

For students across Chichester, and thousands of nervous parents, today marks the end of a long, anxious wait for GCSE results. Last week it was the turn of A levels, and I was delighted to hear that for many of our local schools it was their best year of results so far!

Gillian Keegan MP Supports High Flying Apprentices

Gillian Keegan MP welcomes apprentices to House of Commons

Over 100 apprentices from some of Britain’s leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons this week.