Local MP welcomes new figures on local apprentices

Local MP Julian Knight has welcomed the news that hundreds of young people started new apprenticeships in Solihull last year.

According to figures released last week during National Apprenticeship Week, 750 new apprenticeships were started in Solihull in 2016-17 – raising the overall number since 2010 to 5840.

Since 2015 there have been over 1.2 million new apprenticeship starts across the United Kingdom, and take up of higher-level apprenticeships in 2016-17 was up by almost 35 per cent compared to 2015-16. The Government aims to deliver three million new apprenticeship starts by 2020.

Commenting on the figures, Julian Knight said:

“It’s really encouraging to learn that so many local people are choosing to train as apprentices. They offer a great way to learn valuable skills, gain entry into an industry, and all whilst earning a living too.

“Apprenticeships have a vital role to play in ensuring that all our young people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and I’m very pleased that the Government is investing to ensure that they provide a real and attractive alternative to university.”