Since entering Government in 2010, the Liberal Democrats aimed to boost the number of young people taking up apprenticeships – whilst scrapping the arbitrary target of getting 50% into university.
Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone holds an annual apprenticeship event in her constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green. This year, over 100 young people came through the doors to meet companies and find out more about apprenticeships.
Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“Apprenticeships are a vital part of building a stronger economy and a fairer society. If young people are able to earn and learn, then they have the opportunity to get on it life.
“I am delighted that young people in Haringey have benefitted from fantastic training and employment opportunities that apprenticeships offer.
“I’ve met many apprentices and companies at my annual apprenticeship fair, and seen the benefit apprenticeships can give to young people.”
Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills Vince Cable MP said:
“Reaching the two millionth apprenticeship is testament to Liberal Democrats’ commitment to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships give young people the chance to start a career and give businesses the talent to grow.
“This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to legal services, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need.
“That is why the Liberal Democrats made them a priority when we entered office and I am delighted that we have been able to deliver on our promise to have two million apprentices start in this Parliament.”