Record numbers of apprentices in North West – Hunter

February 8, 2012 12:09 PM
Mark with Lib Dem colleague Vince Cable

Mark with Lib Dem colleague Vince Cable

New figures reveal that in the North West, 78,660 people benefitted from an apprenticeship last year, an increase of 66%.

This news comes on the back of news last week that Stockport has achieved the highest number of new 16-18 Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships (307) in Greater Manchester in the last year.

This week, the Coalition Government has launched the National Apprenticeships Week, which will seek to build on last year's success with events in schools and businesses.

Commenting, Mark said:

"This dramatic growth in apprentices is welcome news for young people in the North West. Apprenticeships equip our young people with the skills needed to get jobs and build prosperous careers.

"In my own patch of Cheadle, there were 760 apprenticeships last year - a rise of 56% - fantastic news for youngsters in the area and for the future of our local economy.

"I also want to congratulate Stockport Council on last week's news that Stockport has had the highest number of new 16-18 Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships in Greater Manchester in the last year."

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, Vince Cable said:

"National Apprenticeships Week is the time to celebrate the countless achievements of learners and employers, and to call on more firms to hire an apprentice and enjoy the competitive advantage they can bring to a business.

"I am very proud of the fact that at a time of financial constraint this Coalition Government has prioritised investment in apprenticeships. This has led to the creation of record numbers of apprenticeships combined with tough new standards to drive up quality.

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