Lord Sugar appointed Enterprise Tsar to assist young entrepreneurs
31st May 2016 | News
The UK Government has appointed Lord Sugar as the new ‘enterprise tsar’, as part of its plan to encourage more young people to set up a business or pursue apprenticeship opportunities.
Skills Minister, Nick Boles announced the move to bring Lord Sugar into the fold to instil ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ among young talent across the country.
“Lord Sugar has huge credibility among young people and I am delighted that he has agreed to help the Government bang the drum for apprenticeships and enterprise,” said Boles.
“We want every young person in Britain to get on and build a great life for themselves, whether it’s by starting an apprenticeship or setting up their own business.”
As part of his new role, Lord Sugar will be travelling ‘the length and breadth’ of the UK in a bid to highlight advantages for young people in business, as well as encouraging firms to take on young apprentices themselves.
Lord Sugar’s appointment is part of the government’s overarching strategy to provide three million apprenticeships in England by 2020.
“I’m delighted to be taking on this challenge. I built successful businesses with the support of hundreds of talented young people who learned their skills on the job – exactly the kinds of skills you learn in an apprenticeship,” said Lord Sugar.
“But not enough of our young people know about apprenticeships and what they offer, and too few feel empowered to set up their own business.”