Gordon Marsden MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Skills and Regional Growth, commenting on apprenticeship statistics released today, said:
“Today’s disappointing figures lay bare the continuing decline in numbers of apprenticeships for young people under David Cameron with a 15 per cent drop in comparison to the same period last year, while the overall number of apprenticeship starts have also dropped by over six per cent. With youth unemployment at almost one million as a result of the Tories' economic failure, ministers need to get a grip and boost apprenticeship opportunities for young people.
“David Cameron's economic plan has failed. We need a change of course. A One Nation Labour government would use public procurement contracts to boost apprenticeship numbers and use government contracts, like HS2, to create thousands of new apprenticeship opportunities. It is also clear the Tory-led Government is still failing to engage with small businesses vital to boosting demand for apprenticeship places – we have proposed more buddying up between large and smaller firms in supply chains to offer more apprenticeship places.”<div>