Friday, 24 June 2011

Government smashes apprenticeship targets

Great news for our Skills for Work Campaign as statistics published today showed the Government has exceeded its ambition of delivering 50,000 additional adult apprenticeships by actually delivering more than 103,000 additional adult apprenticeships than were projected under the previous government's plans.

Provisional data shows that a total of 257,000 adult apprenticeships have been delivered between April 2010 and March 2011.

By the end of this Parliament, the Coalition Government is committed to supporting an additional 250,000 apprenticeships, compared to the previous Labour Government's plans.

John Hayes MP, Minister for Skills, said:

'We have met our target for new apprenticeships in 2010-11 twice over. In only nine months, we are almost halfway towards achieving our aim of an extra 250,000 apprenticeships over this parliament. But there is no room for complacency. Apprenticeships are a vital tool for re-building the economy after the last government ran it into the ground.'

This government has created more new apprenticeships in one year than Labour managed in seven.