'Apprenticeships makes sense', says Berwick MP

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

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 15 March, 2016, 08:37
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP with Abby who was an apprentice for a year before being hired as her caseworker.

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.

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"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.