13:32 Tuesday 17 December 2013

Boost for district as number of apprenticeships on offer soars

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

Election candidatesAndrew Bridgen - Cons Election candidatesAndrew Bridgen - Cons

MORE than 1,000 apprenticeships were taken up in the space of a year in North West Leicestershire, it has been revealed.

The figure, to the year ending March 2013, was more than double that of three years earlier.

The district’s MP Andrew Bridgen said he was ‘delighted’ with the figure.

It comes as Burton is enjoying similar success regarding the number of apprenticeships being offered to young people.

The Mail reported yesterday that the number of people signing up had risen by more than 500 since 2010 to 1,100.

Mr Bridgen said: “‘I am delighted with the increase in apprenticeships which are being taken up locally.

“I am a huge believer and campaigner for apprentices and apprenticeships and would like to thank the growing number of local businesses which are focusing on apprentices as a key part of their workforce.

“I regularly meet young apprentices who tell me how much they value the experience they are being offered.

“That’s why the government has committed to providing a record number of apprenticeships for young people.”

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