MP welcomes increase in apprenticeships

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APPRENTICESHIP figures have been welcomed by the Gosport MP.

Caroline Dinenage is happy with figures released which show that apprenticeship starts in Gosport are continuing to rise.

In 2013/14, 2,300 people started apprenticeships in the area – a rise of 140 on the previous year and up 570 since 2010/11 when 1,730 people took on apprenticeships.

The drastic increase in the number of apprenticeship starts has helped to bring down the youth unemployment rate from 5.9 per cent in May 2010 to 2.8 per cent in November 2014.

Engineering and manufacturing technologies were the most popular sectors, accounting for 1,140 apprenticeship starts in 2013/14.

A number of high-profile companies offer apprenticeships to young people in Gosport including QinetiQ, Defence Munitions and Vector Aerospace.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘Apprenticeships do more than offer young people experience of the work place; they facilitate the development of essential qualifications and skill sets which set participants on a lifelong career path.

‘The figures show that this government’s commitment to boosting apprenticeships is being fulfilled.

‘I am pleased that businesses operating locally are investing in young people and taking action to tackle youth unemployment.’