NEW figures have revealed that the number of people signing up to be an apprentice have increased by more than 500 in the past three years in Burton.
Data from the National Apprenticeship Service showed 1,100 people in Burton started an apprenticeship in the 2012-13 financial year.
This is a bumper figure when compared to three years ago, when the number stood at 540.
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths has welcomed the figure, which he says shows youngsters in the town are getting their ‘foot on the employment ladder’.
He said: “These are wonderful figures, and clearly demonstrate that businesses across Staffordshire are recognising the value that apprentices can be to their business.
“The Government has made it easier than ever for companies to take on an apprentice by slashing red tape and providing additional financial support for small businesses, and the fact that we have seen such a dramatic uptake in apprenticeships since 2009 is a real testament to that.
“Only this month JCB announced that they will be creating 2,500 new jobs in the area, including many for people in the town.
“These will be skilled jobs in engineering and manufacturing, and so apprenticeships are a great way to make sure we are training the engineers of tomorrow.
“I am committed to continuing to work with schools in the town, Burton and South Derbyshire College and training and recruitment companies in the area to support young people still in education and those looking for work to get the training they need.”
Among the apprenticeships started this year, 180 were in engineering and manufacturing technologies, 240 in health, public services and social care, and 320 in business, administration and law.