New figures show apprenticeship boom in Northampton South

David Mackintosh has welcomed new figures showing 1,160 new apprenticeships were started by people in Northampton South last year.

In total 5,540 new apprenticeships have been started in Northampton South since 2010 – meaning more young people getting the skills they need for a successful and secure future.

The figures showed a strong rise in the number of apprenticeships started – up 19.3 per cent in the East Midlands 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 companies such as Churchs’ and Cosworth.

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 three 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.

David Mackintsoh said: “These figures are fantastic news. 5,540 new apprenticeships since 2010 means more young people in Northampton South getting the skills to succeed and get on in life.

“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 three million more high-quality apprenticeships by 2020.

“We are giving young people proper training and the prospect of a better future. Millions of young people are getting a good start in life, learning a trade, and knowing the purpose and pride that comes with that.”