A businesswoman has been appointed by central government to champion apprenticeships in the area.

Dominique Unsworth, 39, of Haymill, Slough has been appointed as a small and medium enterprise (SME) Ambassador by the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, MP Anne Milton. Ms Unsworth is managing director for film-making company Resource Productions and member of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

In this role, she will champion the opportunities and benefits that apprenticeships can offer, and will work across the UK to target specific areas.

Ms Unsworth said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed SME Ambassador. It’s such an important role and I look forward to bringing my local experience to a national level.

“Apprenticeships can give young people a great start in their careers and give those looking for a new career path the chance to re-train; providing a route to skills, experience and qualifications. They can also be used to upskill existing employees to aid career progression and improve productivity.”

Mrs Milton said: “All the reforms we have introduced will make sure that there are high quality apprenticeship opportunities for millions of people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

“We want everyone to have the skills to get a job with prospects, and for employers to have the skilled workforce they need. Since May 2015 we have seen over 1.1 million apprenticeship starts.

“Although we have seen record numbers of people with a disability or from disadvantaged backgrounds start an apprenticeship, there is still more to do. I am delighted to confirm these appointments to the vital roles that will work to ensure apprenticeships are truly open to everyone.”