David Williams, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, has welcomed a funding boost which could see more apprenticeship places available for young people and adults in Crewe and Nantwich.
The number of people completing an apprenticeship in Cheshire has risen by 83% over the last three years from 793 in 2002/03 to 1,454 in 2005/06.
The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has now announced £140 million of extra funding for an additional 35,000 apprentices across the country in the next twelve months.
David Williams said:
“In the current economic downturn, it’s vital that we continue to invest in the economy and make sure people in Crewe and Nantwich have the skills they need to succeed in the future.
“In Cheshire we’ve already seen a revival of apprenticeships with an 83% increase in just three years. The funding announced by Gordon Brown today means we can have even more apprenticeships in the coming year.
“Not only will this investment help us get through the economic downturn, it will also ensure we have more skilled workers for the future so our area can benefit from the upturn.
“I was an apprentice at Bentley and I know that it is one of the best starts to working life anyone could ask for. I am personally delighted that the Labour Government is investing in skills through apprenticeships.
“But while the Labour Government is expanding apprenticeships, Tory plans to cut spending next year could actually see over 220,000 apprenticeship places slashed across the country. That would be a disaster for our area.”