Wyre Forest MP hails apprenticeships as 'win' for employees and employers (From Kidderminster Shuttle)
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Wyre Forest MP hails apprenticeships as 'win' for employees and employers
10:10am Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
WYRE Forest’s MP has backed National Apprenticeship Week by describing the training route as “a win” for both employees and their employers.
Conservative Mark Garnier said he supported “the Prime Minister’s vision” for it to become the new norm for young people to either go to university or start an apprenticeship.
Across Wyre Forest, 1,080 people started apprenticeships in the academic year 2011-12 and another 310 have started in the first quarter of this academic year.
Mr Garnier said that marked a 135 per cent increase compared to Labour’s last year in office. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has released a forecast that apprenticeships completed over the next decade could help boost productivity by up to £3.4 billion a year by 2022.
Mr Garnier said: “Conservatives in Government are investing in apprenticeships to ensure that the country has the skills it needs to compete in the world and people across Wyre Forest are benefitting from this.
“I know from work that I have seen in Wyre Forest that apprenticeships are a win for the individual and a win for the business.
“We currently have a record number of apprentices in Wyre Forest and even more young people will have an opportunity to meet apprenticeship providers at our next jobs fair on June 7.”
National Apprenticeship Week began on Monday and runs until tomorrow.