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  • MP THANKS LOCAL EMPLOYERS AS MORE CONTINUE TO TAKE ON LOCAL APPRENTICES

    Mel Stride

    NEW FIGURES released this month show 750 people started apprenticeships in the Central Devon constituency in the 2016/17 academic year. This was the third most of the past twelve years and more than twice the number of starts there were a decade ago when 340 apprenticeships were started in 2006/07. 

    Nationally there were 491,300 apprenticeship starts in 2016/17, with early figures for 2017/18 showing a further 369,700 starts in the next academic year. In total, 912,200 people were participating in an apprenticeship in 2016/17 with 53% of starts at intermediate level, 40% at advanced level and the remaining 7% at higher level. The number of higher level starts was almost twice as many as two years previously.

    People aged 25 and over accounted for 46% of apprenticeship starts in 2016/17 with people aged 19-24 accounting for 29% and those aged under 19 accounting for 25%. 54% of apprenticeships starts were by women.

    Central Devon MP Mel Stride, who has long championed apprenticeships as an equally good option as going to university, said:

    “It is very encouraging to see more people viewing apprenticeships as a really good way to gain important qualifications while also gaining experience on the job and earning at the same time. Seeing more people going on to complete high level apprenticeships is very positive, as is seeing so many people over the age of 25 start courses. I am very grateful to every local employer who has taken on an apprentice and is helping a generation of people embark on successful careers.”







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