Massive rise in apprenticeships

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed today’s announcement that the number of apprenticeships has increased by more than twice the Government’s target.

In May 2010, the Coalition Government announced its intention to increase apprenticeships by at least 50,000 in the first year. However, in the first nine months of the 2010/11 cycle, the number of apprenticeship starts actually rose by 114,000 – more than double the Government’s ambition.

Speaking during Business Questions in the House of Commons earlier today, Mr Evennett said “Will my right hon. Friend arrange for a debate on the apprenticeships programme, in the light of today’s excellent news about apprenticeship numbers? We should all be delighted that there are 114,000 more apprenticeships in the year, which will provide real opportunities for our young people.”

Further information

The first nine months of the 2010/11 cycle run from 1 August 2010 to 30 April 2011.

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