Across England over 2.2 million apprenticeships have been started since 2010. A future Conservative government would go even further, committing to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, funded by reducing the maximum amount that can be claimed on benefits from £26,000 to £23,000, and limiting young people’s access to housing benefit.
James Heappey said:
“These figures are fantastic news, and mean that more young people here in Somerset are getting the skills to succeed and get on in life.
“I recently visited Brookside Academy in Street and was deeply impressed by the young Strode College apprentices who are working there. Apprenticeships are an important route into work for young people. They provide opportunities to gain real work experience and develop job-related skills and knowledge, with a guaranteed salary and a work-related qualification at the end of the scheme.
“We are putting apprenticeships at the heart of our long-term economic plan, funding more of them and making sure they are high quality, teaching the skills that businesses need. 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.”