'Apprenticeships makes sense', says Berwick MP

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP with Abby who was an apprentice for a year before being hired as her caseworker.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP with Abby who was an apprentice for a year before being hired as her caseworker.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has welcomed the Government’s commitment to creating apprenticeships at the launch of National Apprenticeship Week.

The theme for this year’s week is that an apprenticeship can take you anywhere, as a growing number of young people are looking to an apprenticeship as an alternative route for people who don’t want to go to university.

Mrs Trevelyan said: "Apprenticeships make sense for young people across Northumberland, which is why 4,630 new apprentices have started in my constituency alone since May 2010 and over 2.6 million new apprenticeships have started across England.

"It is so important to give young people the chance to get the skills that they need to get on in life. That's why I am supporting the Government’s commitment to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 and congratulate every college and business locally that has taken on an apprentice. My caseworker Abby started as an apprentice and was able to work and build the skills and confidence she needed which made her the perfect choice for when I needed to hire a key member of my local team."

"The Government is driving up the standards of apprenticeships and introducing new routes into trades and professions. The opportunity to earn and learn is why we've already seen 190,000 new apprenticeships created in the North East since May 2010. These recent figures show that we are making progress towards our goal."

The Government also plans to launch the new independent, employer-led, Institute for Apprenticeships. The Institute will regulate the quality of apprenticeships in England, taking on responsibility for approving new apprenticeship standards and assessment plans. Only standards that are valued by employers will be approved and funded.