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Big rise in apprenticeships is ‘fantastic news’, says MP

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

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RECORD levels of apprenticeships are ‘fantastic news for our country and those whose lives they transform’, an MP has said.

Andrew Bridgen, who represents North West Leicestershire for the Tories, spoke after the release of figshowing 970 people started apprenticeships in his constituency in the last financial year (2011-12) – an increase of 131 per cent on the final year of the last Labour government, which ended in 2010, he claimed.

Provisional statistics, meanwhile, showed 320 people began apprenticeships in the first three months of the current financial year, April to June, 2012.

Mr Bridgen said: “With the world around us changing, we will only succeed in the global race when everyone is given the chance to reach their full potential.

“Conservatives have dramatically increased the number of apprenticeships on offer compared to the last Labour government.

“These record levels of apprenticeships are fantastic news for our country, for North West Leicestershire and most of all for the people whose lives are being transformed by the opportunities they offer.”

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