James welcomes National Apprenticeship Week

James Brokenshire has given his support to the Government’s commitment to creating apprenticeships at the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2016. With 2 million apprenticeships delivered in the last Parliament, the Government is working towards its pledge of delivering 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020.

3,390 people have started apprenticeships in Old Bexley & Sidcup, with a total of 235,300 getting onto apprenticeship programmes across London during the same period.

The theme for this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is that an Apprenticeship can take you anywhere, as a growing number of young people are looking to an apprenticeship as an alternative route for people who don’t want to go to university. 

Commenting at the beginning of the week, James said:

“National Apprenticeship Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the work of apprentices and their employers and the varied career paths an apprenticeship programme can lead to. I welcome the number of apprenticeships that have been delivered locally and hope that employers, apprentices, colleges and training providers can continue to build on this success.”

"With the Government committed to driving up standards and apprenticeships offered in a wide range of areas from engineering to hairdressing and business administration to cookery and catering, becoming an apprentice not only offers high quality education and training, but the ability to earn while you learn. ”