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Posted on 28/12/2017 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

Conor McGinn concerned after figures show drop in apprenticeships

Conor McGinn concerned after figures show drop in apprenticeships

MP Conor McGinn has warned of the potential impact on jobs and skills after figures show the number of people starting apprenticeships has dropped by a fifth.

The Department for Education statistics show there were 2,850 apprenticeship starts in St Helens during the 2011/12 academic year, but this has dropped to 2,280 for the 2016/17 school year.

The figures show a growing skills crisis in the borough, with 20 per cent fewer apprenticeship starts.

Young people in St Helens are particularly badly affected, with 22 per cent fewer under 19-year-olds starting apprenticeships, when the national figure is just seven per cent.

The St Helens North MP has criticised the Government for leaving St Helens behind and not doing enough to support young people into apprenticeships across the borough.

He said: "St Helens is a great place to learn, work and do business, with innovative firms and a proud industrial heritage.

“But a shocking 20 per cent drop in apprenticeship starts across the borough in the last five years shows the Government is leaving St Helens behind and if this is not halted it will mean a jobs and skills crisis for future generations.

“This is also a let-down to St Helens College, the Chamber of Commerce and businesses supporting apprenticeship

My top priority is to bring more jobs and investment to St Helens. Following the launch of the Government's industrial strategy, I will be pressing ministers to make sure that strategy includes improving transport links and attracting investment to St Helens and across Merseyside.

“Young people deserve better, which is why Labour has pledged to reintroduce Educational Maintenance Allowance – which was scrapped by the Tories – and to invest £1 billion in a new National Education Service.”

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