James Brokenshire has welcomed new figures showing 560 new apprenticeships were started by people in Old Bexley and Sidcup over the course of last year. In total roughly 2,600 new apprenticeships have been started in the constituency since the General Election in 2010.
These impressive figures each represent a young person getting the skills they need to be able to get on in life and are testament to the work of local employers taking them on, as well as training providers such as Middleton Murray in Sidcup.
The rate of apprenticeship starts has been mirrored across England, with more than 1.9 million apprenticeships commencing since 2010 nationally. The new statistics mean that the number of apprenticeships has more than doubled over the course of this Parliament.
In addition, the Prime Minister announced on Monday that the next Conservative Government would go even further by making a £1 billion commitment to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and to continue to reduce youth unemployment.
Commenting after the release of the figures, James said:
“These figures are further indication that the Government’s long term economic plan is working and are great news for our economy and for our young people, many of whom will go on to secure sustainable and rewarding careers after completing their apprenticeships.
“I’m pleased that a future Conservative government would go even further, with a £1 billion commitment to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and a pledge to continue to reduce youth unemployment. By making sure that we deliver the best schools and skills for young people, the Government is ensuring the next generation have the skills and opportunities they’ll need to get a good job and to get on in life”