New Government measures to ensure young people and small businesses feel the full benefits of the successful expansion of apprenticeships have been welcomed.
Over the last year nationally, there has been record growth in apprenticeship numbers, with starts increasing by over 50%, with increases across all age groups. In Battersea in 2010/11, 330 young people were welcomed on to apprenticeship schemes.
In addition, there is now a support service – Access to Apprenticeships – to help young people make the grade for a full apprenticeship – this will provide an extra 10,000 work experience and training opportunities every year. Full information can be found at www.apprenticeships.org.uk or by calling the helpline on 08000 150600.
Wandsworth and Battersea MP Jane Ellison said: “This is great news for businesses and young people in Wandsworth. The record rise in apprenticeship numbers shows the Government’s commitment to helping employers train the skilled workers needed to build a stronger economy and sustainable growth.
"Here in Wandsworth we are also fortunate that we have the Vauxhall Nine Elms Development which will give an extra boost to job prospects in the coming years. Major development sites are breaking ground across the 450-acre regeneration zone which will provide a steady supply of work and skills training.
"Under the Employment & Skills Framework for the area, every planning application will set out a commitment to providing apprenticeships and local jobs both during and after construction; in addition, the aim is to secure work experience placements for local young people.”
August 7, 2012