For the second year running, the number of apprenticeships in Cumbria are projected to fall

12th June 2014

Statistics taken from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills reveals that the projected number of apprenticeship starts in Cumbria will fall this year.  Under the Tories, since 2011/12, apprenticeships have fallen by 4%.  With Labour, apprenticeships rose by 48% between 2005 and 2010.

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:

“Where Labour increased apprenticeships in Cumbria, David Cameron is presiding over a decline.

“It is galling that there are to be fewer apprenticeship starts in Cumbria this year. Apprenticeship starts rose year on year in Cumbria between 2005 and 2010 with the last Labour government.  Under the current Tory-led government the good work is being undone and it is those looking for work who are paying the price.

“Apprenticeships play a crucial role in providing opportunities and developing skills, as well as having a positive impact for individuals and businesses.  They contribute a great deal to our economy and society. To show that the Government’s inaction will not hold Cumbria back, I will be hosting an apprenticeships fair in Copeland later in the year.”


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