11th-17th March 2013 is National Apprenticeships Week and local MP Mike Thornton is celebrating the 28,000 new apprenticeships created across Hampshire since the start of the Coalition Government.
In Eastleigh alone there has been a 65% increase in apprenticeships since the last Labour Government, with more and more young people being given the opportunity to gain ‘on the job’ experience in order to learn the skills and get the experience necessary for a successful career.
Commenting, Mike Thornton MP said:
“Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government have promoted and invested heavily in apprenticeships because they are one of the most effective ways of helping young people get jobs. Apprenticeships allow us to build a stronger economy, with a highly-skilled and flexible workforce. Locally, we have outstanding examples of this, with institutions like Eastleigh College providing gold standard training and support to help get young people into work."
“Apprenticeships rely on employers making opportunities available. It's fantastic to see companies like Genix in Eastleigh and Hamble's GE Aviation making such a commitment to train young people in our area. As I made clear in my maiden speech this week, I will be working with businesses and colleges across Eastleigh to ensure they can offer even more places for apprentices.”
“Apprenticeships offer increased choice to young people and encompass up to 200 different roles including marketing, retail, health and social care, catering, business administration and customer service. National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the success of our apprentices and for local businesses to see how valuable apprentices can be to them.”