Craig celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

This National Apprenticeship Week, Craig Mackinlay MP is celebrating the vital contribution of apprentices in his South Thanet constituency.

Since 2010 there have been 5430 apprenticeship starts in South Thanet, and over 1.2 million new apprenticeship starts nationally since 2015. Take up of higher-level apprenticeships in 2016-17 was up by nearly 35 per cent compared to 2015 -16.

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Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Conservative Government’s strategy to expand opportunity and develop the skilled workforce the country needs. This includes working with industry to deliver an ambitious target of 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020.

But we know there is still more to do, which is why we recently launched an education and funding review that will help people make more effective choices between the different options available to them, promoting parity of esteem between technical and academic pathways.

Craig Mackinlay MP said:

“Apprenticeships allow people to earn while they learn, and open doors to highly skilled, rewarding careers.

“That is why I am so pleased there have been around 5430 apprentice starts in South Thanet since 2010 - 780 of these were in the last year alone.

“This Government’s reforms are not only increasing apprenticeship numbers, but also driving up the quality of apprenticeships, meaning they have real value in the jobs market.

“We must continue to work hard to ensure everyone can get on in life, and go as far as their talents and hard work can take them.”