Boost in apprenticeships welcome news for North West – Hunter

June 28, 2011 3:46 PM

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg alongside Council Leader Dave Goddard, Cheadle MP Mark Hunter and Hazel Grove MP Andrew StunellThe Coalition Government has already delivered more than 100,000 extra apprenticeships, twice as many as expected, news which has been welcomed by Cheadle MP Mark Hunter.

Figures released by the Government, show there were 57,590 people who started an apprenticeship last year in the North West alone.

Commenting, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, said:

"The growth in apprenticeships to more than double the planned ambition, demonstrates our commitment to delivering the skills businesses need to grow and young people need to build productive careers.

"We're determined to do more to boost growth, rebalance the economy, extend opportunity and break down barriers between academic and vocational learning.

"Our planned investment will deliver some 360,000 apprenticeships this year alone, and we'll continue to work with the business community to make it easier for more employers of all sizes to take on an apprentice and reap the benefits they bring."

Commenting further, Mark Hunter added:

"Apprenticeships are an excellent way to help young people gain the skills and knowledge to start out in the job market - it is right that the new government has made creating new apprenticeships a key priority.

"It's particularly encouraging to see such a dramatic increase in apprenticeships here in the North West which is once again leading the way to a recovery of our manufacturing industry.

"With every £1 of Government money delivering a return of some £40 to the wider economy, this is an excellent investment in the North West and in our young people."

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