Apprenticeships Still Rising in Sutton

April 23, 2012 4:02 PM

Recently released statistics show that in Sutton 670 young people started an apprenticeship between August 2011 and January 2012, a rise of 70% on the 2010/11 figures of the same period. The Apprenticeship scheme had already accommodated for 1210 young people in 2010/11, so this is hugely encouraging news for the outlook of the local economy, both in the short and long term, as young people can now contribute more effectively.

Linked to this, The Regional Growth Fund has also performed well. In the South East, there has been a huge £113 million investment since the scheme began, resulting directly in the creation of an estimated 5 936 jobs, as well as indirectly creating 19 498 jobs.

Tom Brake, local MP for Carshalton and Wallington said:

"The Liberal Democrats are determined to tackle youth unemployment and get our economy back on track. For us to be successful, people need the skills and experience to take advantage of new jobs being created in our area. That is why apprenticeships are a huge part of the Liberal Democrat drive for a fairer and more balanced economy. Apprenticeships make companies more productive and give young people the experience and skills they need."

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