MP praises scheme to get youth into jobs

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden
Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden
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Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has praised a scheme to boost apprenticeships in the town.

Mr Marsden, who is the shadow minister for skills and apprenticeships, dropped by to a joint scheme by Blackpool Council and the National Apprenticeship Service which is campaigning to create 100 new opportunities across Blackpool in 100 days.

He said: “I was delighted to meet with Andy Stone, who has been co-ordinating the campaign, and Gill Sloane from Training 2000 to discuss the opportunities available to young people here in Blackpool.

“It was great to learn that after two weeks they already have 50 apprenticeships and are on target to create those apprenticeships within 100 days.

“Congratulations to Blackpool Council who have made an extensive contribution to the scheme alongside their own apprenticeships in the town.

“The figures for Blackpool considering young people not in employment, education or training currently amounts to 1,700 in the town.

“As shadow minister for apprenticeships I have seen how apprenticeships are making a real difference to the lives of young people up and down the country.”

Mr Marsden is hosting Blackpool Works, a skills and jobs fair on October 11 at Blackpool Football Club from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

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