Matt Warman MP has welcomed the Government’s commitment to creating apprenticeships at the launch of National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

The theme for this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is that an Apprenticeship can take you anywhere, as a growing number of young people are looking to an apprenticeship as an alternative route for people who don’t want to go to university.

Matt said, “Apprenticeships make sense for young people across Boston and Skegness, which is why 4,740 new apprentices have started since May 2010 and over 2.6 million new apprenticeships have started across England. I want to give young people the chance to get the skills that they need to get on in life. That’s why I am supporting the Government’s commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and congratulate every college and business locally that has taken on an apprentice.”

“The Government is driving up the standards of apprenticeships and introducing new routes into the professions. The opportunity to earn and learn is why we’ve already seen 245,400new apprenticeships created in the East Midlands since May 2010. These recent figures show that we are making progress towards our goal.”

The Government also plans to launch the new independent, employer led, Institute for Apprenticeships. The Institute will regulate the quality of apprenticeships in England, taking on responsibility for approving new apprenticeship standards and assessment plans. Only standards that are valued by employers will be approved and funded.

  • National Apprenticeship Week 2016 runs from 14th – 18th March. Find out more about the week and how you can get involved here: uk/naw2016
  • National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
  • Over 2.6 million apprenticeships have been started since May 2010. Since May 2010 there have been 2.62 million apprenticeship starts in England. The latest figures also show that the number of under-19s on apprenticeships has increased, and there has also been growth in higher level apprenticeships (BIS press release, 21 January 2016, link).
  • 268,000 new apprenticeships have already been started this parliament. This is based on new provisional figures for apprenticeship starts August to October 2015 (BIS press release, 21 January 2016, link).
  • 3 million more high quality apprenticeships by 2020. As committed to in the Conservative manifesto we will deliver three million high quality apprenticeships in this parliament. As announced in the Summer Budget with a levy on large UK employers, who will be able to control how the funding is spent to ensure that young people are getting the skills that employers need. This levy will be worth £3 billion by 2019/20 (HM Treasury, Summer Budget 2015, 8 July 2015, link; HM Treasury, Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, November 2015, link).
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