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Liberal Democrats deliver 1.8m apprenticeships

June 26, 2014 5:28 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Figures released today show 314,000 people started apprenticeships in 2013/14.

These figures bring the total number of apprenticeships up to 1.8 million since Liberal Democrats have been in Government - the biggest expansion in apprentices since the 1950s.

Liberal Democrats have have made it easier for businesses to take on apprentices. We have given 40,000 businesses grants of up to £1,500 for each young unemployed person they take on as an apprentice and put £550m into improving college facilities for apprentices.

Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Gordon Birtwistle commented:

"All young people should have an opportunity to get on in life and apprenticeships are a great way to deliver that. Liberal Democrats have been the driving force behind boosting apprenticeships and I am delighted that since May 2010, we have created more than 1.8 million apprenticeships.

"We set ourselves an ambitious target of delivering 2m apprenticeships by the end of this Parliament and we are on course to meet that. Creating apprenticeships for young people helps to build the stronger economy that Liberal Democrats are helping to deliver in Government.

"As part of our reforms of vocational education we have focused on raising the quality of all apprenticeships to world class standards, so that the programme is rigorous, responsive, and meets the changing needs of the future economy."