Bill Wiggin MP has welcomed new figures showing 690 new apprenticeships were started by people in North Herefordshire last year. In total 3,670 new apprenticeships have been started in North Herefordshire since 2010 – meaning more young people getting the skills they need for a successful and secure future.
The figures showed a strong rise in the number of apprenticeships started – up 16.9% in the West Midlands in 2014/15 from the year before.
This means more young people getting the skills they need to get on in life and make the most of their talents.
In total 2.4 million apprenticeships were started in England over the last parliament. And the Conservatives are committed to go even further over the next five years and deliver 3 million more by 2020. This is being funded by an apprenticeships levy on large employers, who will have control over funding to ensure it is giving young people the skills they will need to succeed.
Bill Wiggin MP said: “These figures are fantastic news. 3,670 new apprenticeships since 2010 means more young people in North Herefordshire getting the skills to succeed and get on in life.
“Apprenticeships have been at the heart of our plan to deliver a more secure future for young people and as Conservatives we are committed to go even further over the next five years, with the commitment we made in our manifesto to deliver 3 million more high quality apprenticeships by 2020.
“We are giving young people proper training and the prospect of a better future. Millions of young people are getting a good start in life, learning a trade, and knowing the purpose and pride that comes with that.”