Karl welcomes the start of National Apprenticeship Week in Lincoln

Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, Karl McCartney JP MP, has welcomed the Government’s continuing commitment to creating Apprenticeships at the launch of National Apprenticeship Week 2016.  The growing number of people in Lincoln starting Apprenticeships demonstrates the commitment of both local employers and the Conservative Government.

 

Since 2010, 6,190 people from Lincoln have started Apprenticeships and many employers at last month’s Lincoln Jobs Fair were recruiting Apprentices, including the British Army.

 

The theme for this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is that an Apprenticeship can take you anywhere especially as a growing number of young people are looking to an Apprenticeship as an alternative route for those who would rather not to go to university. 

 

Karl McCartney, Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, said: “Apprenticeships make sense for many young people from across Lincoln, which is why 6,190 new apprentices have started since May 2010 and over 2.6 million new Apprenticeships have started across England. 

 

“I want to give young people the chance to acquire the skills that they need to progress in life.  That’s why I am supporting the Government’s commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and I congratulate every organisation and business locally that has taken on an apprentice.  I would encourage many more organisations and businesses in my Constituency to do the same.

 

“The Government is driving up the standards of Apprenticeships and introducing new routes into the professions.  The opportunity to earn and learn is why we’ve already seen 245,400 new Apprenticeships created in the East Midlands since May 2010. These recent figures show that we are making progress towards our goal.”

 

The Government also plans to launch the new independent, employer led, Institute for Apprenticeships. The Institute will regulate the quality of Apprenticeships in England, taking on responsibility for approving new Apprenticeship standards and assessment plans.  Only standards that are valued by employers will be approved and funded.

 

ENDS

For further information, please contact Karl McCartney JP MP at karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221.