James Brokenshire MP has today welcomed new statistics that show a record number of people in Old Bexley and Sidcup started apprenticeship between 2011 and 2012.
In the last financial year, 690 people started an apprenticeship in the constituency – an increase of 86 per cent compared to the last year of the Labour Government. In the constituency, this is above the national average of an 80% increase over the same period.
The data also has provisional results for the number of apprenticeship starts in the first quarter of 2012/13 – in August to October 2012 220 people started apprenticeships in just three months
Commenting on the news James Brokenshire said:
“We will only succeed as a country when everyone is given the chance to reach their full potential. We have dramatically increased the number of apprenticeships on offer compared to the last Labour Government.
“These record levels of apprenticeships are fantastic news for our country, for Old Bexley and Sidcup and most of all for the people whose lives are being transformed by the opportunities they offer.”