New Government figures reveal total apprenticeships in the Blackpool North and Cleveleys area have dropped by almost a quarter in the past two years, according to Labour Parliamentary candidate Sam Rushworth.
Mr Rushworth added that prospects were even worse for those aged 25 and over, where job opportunities through apprenticeships have fallen nearly 40 per cent over the last two years.
He said: “This big drop in apprenticeships is another example of Blackpool and Cleveleys being left behind by the Tories.
“I am also concerned about the quality of apprenticeships and the fact 15 per cent of apprentices are not receiving the national minimum wage.”
Under Labour’s plans, says Mr Rushworth, all apprenticeships would last a minimum of two years.
He added: “They will be good quality qualifications and will involve proper training.”