James Brokenshire has heard from local apprentices of the benefits of linking employment with study on a visit to the Sidcup office of recruitment specialists, Middleton Murray. James was told by the group of 17-19 year olds how they were looking to broaden their skills, build confidence and start their careers in construction, technology, business, administration and care and how apprenticeships provided a way into work. The Government has already delivered 2.9 million apprenticeships since 2010, with almost 4,000 in Old Bexley & Sidcup helping local young people get the education and skills they need to enter successful careers.
During the visit, James met young people from across the local area as they took their first step into the in-work training that an apprenticeship provides. The new apprentices discussed their ambitions and what they hoped to get out of the training they will be undertaking over the next two or three years. Reforms to the system since 2010 have made apprenticeships more robust and better suited to the needs of employers.
There are now more than 1.8 million young people in good or outstanding schools than in 2010. There are now more teachers in state-funded schools than ever before, with an additional 15,000 new teachers since 2010 bringing the total to 456,000. Statistics show that around 90% of newly-qualified teachers continue in the profession after one year – a statistic that has remain unchanged over the past 20 years, with 70% of those teachers that started in 2010 still teaching classes.
Commenting, James said:
“By ensuring that our schools provide rigorous teaching and by working with businesses to create apprenticeship programmes, the Government has helped guide thousands of young people into careers and to fulfil their ambitions.”
“A good education is the key to getting on in life and in Bexley and Sidcup and we are extremely fortunate to have not only a wide range of good and outstanding primary and secondary schools. We also benefit from local apprenticeship providers like Middleton Murray that are able to capitalise on the skills of young people and match them with employers offering excellent on-the-job training.”
“There is more to do and I welcome the commitments to deliver even more apprenticeships as well as ensuring the continued recruitment of outstanding teaching staff, building on the £1.3bn pledged by the Government to recruit and retain teachers between now and 2020. It was great to hear the positive outlook from the group of potential new apprentices at Middleton Murray, underlining the real life benefits of continued focus on skills and pathways into work.”