MPs from across the political spectrum are uniting to encourage businesses to pledge to create new apprenticeships.

As part of the recently launched 100 in 100 apprenticeship campaign, Members of Parliament in England will be rallying firms in their constituencies to commit to creating on-the-job training places.

The aim is to get employers to promise to set up at least 100 apprenticeships in the next 100 days.

And businesses in the construction sector were among the first to respond to the call, with Balfour Beatty and Atkins Global Group signing up to the task.

Their apprenticeship commitments, as well as those of firms in areas including engineering and manufacturing, have been recorded on the Government’s Pledgeometer website.

This online tool was created by the Skills Funding Agency as a way for businesses to show their support for apprenticeships and traineeships in the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week.

So far, more than 800 apprenticeship pledges have been made, in addition to 30 traineeship promises.

This year, National Apprenticeship Week will be held from March 14 to 18, with hundreds of events taking place right across the country in a bid to promote the benefits of vocational training.

Launched at a special ceremony in London, the 100 in 100 campaign was revealed byNadhim Zahawi, Apprenticeship Adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, and Skills Minister Nick Boles.

It forms part of Government efforts to create more than three million apprenticeship starts by 2020, allowing people to learn the skills they need to succeed in the workplace while earning a wage.

In a statement released to mark the launch of the event, Mr Boles said businesses had much to gain by advocating apprenticeships, adding that trainees themselves can benefit too.

He said: “Apprenticeships are set to be one of the success stories of the decade. They deliver for business, our economy and offer life-changing opportunities for our young people. That’s exactly why we are committed to three million apprenticeships by 2020.

“I am greatly encouraged to see so many MPs become apprenticeship champions and would urge even more to go out and encourage employers in their constituencies to create 100 apprenticeships in 100 days.”