580 apprentices started last year – Edward Davey MP

New figures from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills show that across Kingston Borough 580 young people started an apprenticeship last year. This is an increase of 93% since the Coalition Government was formed.

Commenting, Edward Davey MP said:

“Liberal Democrats are determined to tackle youth unemployment and get our economy back on track. We need to rebalance the economy away from the speculators gambling with other people’s money in the City of London.

“My Liberal Democrat colleagues in Government are working to make this happen by investing across our area through the Regional Growth Fund to create sustainable growth, driven by our local employers.

“For us to be successful, people need the skills and experience to take advantage of new jobs being created in Kingston. Apprenticeships are a huge part of that.  Just the other week I visited the Power Assessment and Training Centre which is part of Kingston College.  It provides apprenticeships based around the new economic opportunities which will be provided by the Green Deal and looks at giving young people the skills to help us grow a prosperous, green economy.

“The record rise in learners taking them up last year is great news for Kingston and the economy as a whole. The 93% increase since Labour’s last year in power shows that the Coalition Government is investing in the right area and that it is paying off .