British Gas apprentice James Hays, from Leighton Buzzard, attended an event at the House of Commons to celebrate the growing number of apprentices across the UK.
South West Beds MP Andrew Selous said: “It was great to welcome James to the House of Commons last week and to hear about his apprenticeship journey.
“Apprenticeships are set to be one of the success stories of the decade.”
The number of apprenticeships in South West Beds has increased from 310 in 2005/6 to 630 in 2014/15.
Inspired by the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions he has taken part in during his British Gas apprenticeship, in June James is embarking on a trek called the Welsh 3000s, covering 15 peaks of Snowdonia at 3,000ft high and above over a 24-hour period.
His aim is to raise money for the charity Little People UK, which supports people with dwarfism, as his daughter, Eden, has been dianosed with the condition.