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Worcester MP Robin Walker welcomes news that apprenticeships numbers in the city are on the rise

Worcester MP Robin Walker welcomes news that apprenticeships numbers in the city are on the rise

WORCESTER'S MP has welcomed the news that apprenticeships in the city have now passed 6,000 since 2010.

Robin Walker said he had consistently championed the benefits of apprenticeships, saying it was "fantastic news" 6,040 apprenticeship had started in Worcester in the past seven years and almost 30,000 across Worcestershire as a whole in the same time period.

The government has a target of three million new apprenticeships nationwide by 2020, an increase on the 2.3 million achieved between 2010 and 2015.

More than 1,300 employers are developing apprenticeship standards in sectors from nuclear to fashion, digital, law, banking and transport, while more than 200 standards have been published, including more than 60 for Higher and Degree apprenticeships.

Ministers are also legislating to protect the term apprenticeship from misuse.

This year also saw the launch of a secure and sustainable long-term funding model for apprenticeships in the form of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Employers will be able to access funding equivalent to their levy payment via the Digital Apprenticeship Service. Employers committed to apprenticeship training will be able to get out more than they pay in, through a top-up to their digital account.

The government pays 100 per cent of training costs for employers with fewer than 50 employees who take on apprentices aged 16 to 18-years-old.

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