Craig Tracey: ‘More Apprentices in North Warwickshire & Bedworth giving stepping stone to young workers’

Local Member of Parliament Craig Tracey has welcomed new figures showing 1080 new apprenticeships were started by people in North Warwickshire & Bedworth last year. In total 4820 new apprenticeships have been started in the constituency since 2010, meaning more young people getting the skills they need for a successful and secure future.

Craig Tracey MP said:

“Apprenticeships are absolutely key in supporting young people to get the skills, experience and qualifications to get on in life. These figures are fantastic news with over one thousand started locally in the last year alone. This is good news for the local economy and local businesses who will reap the rewards of more skilled workforces.

“In my previous business, I used to employ apprentices and I can say that learning a trade whilst working is an invaluable opportunity.

“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 3 million more high quality apprenticeships by 2020.”

The figures showed a strong rise in the number of apprenticeships started – up 16.9% in the West Midlands – hailed as Britain’s engine of growth by the Chancellor - in 2014/15 from the year before.

This means more young people getting the skills they need to get on in life and make the most of their talents – as they do locally at businesses such as Aldi HQ and Nortec in Atherstone, Sertec in Coleshill and Powerkut in Bedworth.

In total 2.4 million apprenticeships were started in England over the last parliament. And the Conservatives are committed to go even further over the next five years and deliver 3 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.