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Gordon Marsden MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills & Regional Growth, responding to today’s apprenticeship statistics, said:

“The figures make it clear that the Tory-led Government is not doing enough to boost apprenticeships for the key 16-24 age group. David Cameron should adopt Labour’s clear five-point plan to create jobs and growth, which includes a tax on bank bonuses to fund 100,000 jobs for young people.

“This comes at a time when youth unemployment edges ever closer to the one million mark. The vast bulk of today’s increase comes in apprenticeships for those aged 25 and over – many of whom will already be in employment. For months, people across business and elsewhere, including the head of the Tory-led Government’s own apprenticeship service, have been warning about the black hole in apprenticeship places for young people, but ministers are out of touch with the concerns of businesses up and down the country.”

“The key task now for Ministers is to work urgently on new mechanisms with businesses and colleges to deliver the crucial uplift in available apprenticeships for young people, which these statistics show are still desperately needed.”

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