APPRENTICESHIPS UP 116% IN LEWES CONSTITUENCY
March 12 2013.
Figures obtained by local MP Norman Baker show that there were 540 apprenticeships in the Lewes constituency for 2011/12, which is a 116% rise since the last year of the Labour government in 2009/10.
This news comes in Apprenticeship Week which runs from the 11th to the 15th of March, with the figures showing that apprenticeships across East Sussex increased by 93% and 86% nationally. Apprenticeship Week seeks to persuade employers of the advantages of employing and supporting apprentices in their work place; highlight the talent and skills of apprentices to employers and the wider public; and highlight the range of apprenticeships available in different sectors and the progression routes available to potential apprentices.
The coalition government has made increasing apprenticeships a key part of its skills policy and, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced as part of the £1billion Youth Contract, more funding to support the growth in apprenticeships for 16 to 24 year olds, including at least 20,000 additional incentive payments to raise demand for the age group, doubling the previous commitment.
Norman says: "A 116% increase in apprenticeships locally is good news and the Lewes area is certainly performing above the county and national average. It really highlights that local businesses in the constituency are getting involved in giving opportunities to youngsters.
"Apprenticeships are a great way of getting hands on training and developing skills, and the Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, has made the government's commitment to encouraging them clear. We need to ensure that we have a rounded skills base nationwide and locally in order to rebalance the economy away from financial speculators in the City of London and these figures are certainly very encouraging."