The Bexhill and Battle MP welcomed new figures showing 650 new apprenticeships were started by people in the Bexhill and Battle constituency last year.
In total 3,140 new apprenticeships have been started in Bexhill and Battle since 2010 and Huw Merriman said the figures were ‘fantastic news’.
“These figures are fantastic news. 650 new apprenticeships since 2010 means more young people in the Bexhill and Battle constituency getting the skills to succeed and get on in life – as they are at places like Bexhill College,” he said.
“Apprenticeships have been at the heart of our plan to deliver a more secure future for young people and as Conservatives we are committed to go even further over the next five years, with the commitment we made in our manifesto to deliver three million more high quality apprenticeships by 2020.
“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.”
The figures showed a rise in the number of apprenticeships started – up eight per cent in the South East in 2014/15 from 60,200 the year before to 65,000.
This puts the region as second in the country for the number of apprenticeships started, with the North West as the highest with 79,300.
The East Midlands increased the most with 19.3 per cent more apprenticeships this year than 2013/14.
In total 2.4 million apprenticeships were started in England over the last parliament.
The Conservatives say they are committed to go even further over the next five years and deliver three million more by 2020.
This is being funded by an apprenticeships levy on large employers, who will have control over funding to ensure it is giving young people the skills they will need to succeed.
Youth unemployment is down 83,000 over the past year – but there is more to do, according to the Tories.
Over the last year youth unemployment has seen a fall to 653,000.
It was 939,000 in February to April 2010, so is down 285,000 since Labour were in power.
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