Apprenticeship numbers rocket

NEW figures show that in Northumberland, 2,200 people have started an apprenticeship between August 2011 and January 2012.

This comes on top of record numbers of apprentices in our area last year – 3,860 were on an apprenticeship in 2010/2011, which is an increase of 73 per cent on the previous year.

North Northumberland MP Sir Alan Beith said: “Liberal Democrats are determined to tackle youth unemployment and get our economy back on track by rebalancing the economy away from the financial speculators gambling with other people’s money in the City of London.

“Thanks to the Regional Growth Fund, we’ve already invested £157million in the North East, creating 13,702 in new and existing businesses as well as in the supply chain with more to come.

“For us to be successful, people need the skills and experience to take advantage of new jobs being created in our area.

“That is why apprenticeships are a huge part of the Liberal Democrat drive for a fairer and more balanced economy. Apprenticeships make companies more productive and give young people the experience and skills they need.

“The record rise in learners taking them up last year is great news for Northumberland and the economy as a whole. It is hugely positive that already over 2000 apprenticeships have started since August.

“Liberal Democrats are determined to do the right thing by building on this success and create sustainable growth, driven by our local employers.”