MPs square up on apprentice figures

Wyre & Preston North MP Ben Wallace
Wyre & Preston North MP Ben Wallace
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BLACKPOOL South MP Gordon Marsden has slammed the Government’s record on creating apprenticeships for young people.

Labour is calling for the Government to use the £240bn it spends on procurement to boost apprenticeships by insisting companies winning large Government contracts offer new apprenticeship places.

Mr Marsden said: “With youth unemployment at its highest level for a generation, these statistics lay bare the Tory-led Government’s failure to ensure there are enough quality apprenticeships for the young people in the North West crying out for these opportunities.”

But Wyre’s Tory MP Ben Wallace (left) said there had been a 63 per cent increase nationally in the number of people starting an apprenticeship in the Coalition’s first year in power.

He said: “More people are starting an apprenticeship than ever before, thousands now have the opportunity to do an apprenticeship to degree level, and we finally have a careers service that can meet the needs of young people and adults alike.”