Boost in apprenticeships welcome news for the South West– Sir Graham Watson

July 4, 2011 8:30 PM

Boost in apprenticeships welcome news for the South West- Sir Graham Watson

The Government has delivered more than 100,000 extra apprenticeships, twice as many as expected.

Figures released by the Government, show there were 35,810 people that started an apprenticeship last year in the South West.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat 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, senior Lib Dem for the region Sir Graham Watson MEP said:

"Apprenticeships are an excellent way to help young people gain the skills and knowledge to start out on the job market.

"It is of huge value to them and to businesses in our area that 35,810 apprentices started last year, an increase of 31% on the same period the year before and the biggest numbers in our history.

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