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MP Sir Alan Beith has welcomed the news that there has been a 73 per cent increase in apprenticeships in the North East – with more than 10,000 extra positions created in the last year.

Figures released yesterday show that over 24,000 people in the North East began apprenticeships this year, making the region the biggest beneficiary outside London of the Government’s drive to boost apprenticeships.

Commenting on the figures Sir Alan said: “This is the biggest increase in apprenticeships across the regions outside London and I’m pleased to see that the North East performing so well.’’

“Unemployment, particularly among younger people, is a big issue in Northumberland.

“Apprenticeships are a great way of getting into work as they provide people with the skills and experience that employers are looking for.’’

“In total over a quarter of a million people across the country have undertaken an apprenticeship in the last year, an increase of over 100,000 on 2009.

“This is double the target set by the Government in May 2010 when they outlined plans to create 50,000 extra places by 2011.’’

The increase is part of a broader strategy set out by the Government to create an additional 250,000 apprenticeship places by the end of this Parliament.

Sir Alan added: “I will continue to push for the Government to see through its plans to make it easier for organisations to take on apprentices, so that both local people and businesses can continue to reap the benefits, especially in rural areas like the Berwick upon Tweed constituency.”