MP Halfon champions Harlow apprenticeships rise

Politics / Tue 24th Nov 2015 at 10:23am

ROBERT Halfon has welcomed new figures showing 780 new apprenticeships were started by people in Harlow last year. In total 4,100 new apprenticeships have been started in Harlow since 2010 – meaning more young people getting the skills they need for a successful and secure future.

The figures showed a strong rise in the number of apprenticeships started – up 13.3% in the East of England in 2014/15 from the year before.

This means more young people getting the skills they need to get on in life and make the most of their talents – as they do locally at Harlow College.

In total 2.4 million apprenticeships were started in England over the last parliament. And the Conservatives are committed to go even further over the next five years and deliver 3 million more by 2020. This is being funded by an apprenticeships levy on large employers, who will have control over funding to ensure it is giving young people the skills they will need to succeed.

There is even more good news for young people in Harlow as wages for apprenticeships has increased by 20% – which means that each apprentice will receive at least £3.30 per hour from October 2015.

Robert Halfon said:

“These figures are fantastic news. 4,100 new apprenticeships since 2010 means more young people in Harlow getting the skills to succeed and get on in life – as they are at places like Harlow College and Applied Scintillation Technologies.

I’m passionate about helping young people obtain apprenticeships and campaigned to have the University Technical College built in Harlow. I’ve also personally hired apprentices in my office and hope to hire another this year.

Apprenticeships have been at the heart of our plan to deliver a more secure future for young people and as Conservatives we are committed to go even further over the next five years, with the commitment we made in our manifesto to deliver 3 million more high quality apprenticeships by 2020. We are giving young people proper training and the prospect of a better future. Millions of young people are getting a good start in life, learning a trade, and knowing the purpose and pride that comes with that.”

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