Bristol West MP, Stephen Williams, has welcomed the start of the 7th annual National Apprenticeship Week.
National Apprenticeship Week, running from Monday 3rd - Friday 7th March, aims to boost recognition of apprenticeships and the benefits they can bring to both young people and their employers. Events running throughout the week will also celebrate the achievements of apprentices. Having written to schools in his constituency, Stephen Williams MP wants to ensure that young people and their parents have detailed information available to them about all their options following school, including apprenticeships.
Since 2010, Mr Williams and his Liberal Democrat colleagues have helped to create 1.6 million new apprenticeship starts - more than double the number under the previous Labour government. In Bristol West alone there has been 1720 apprenticeships created since May 2010.
Apprenticeships can provide excellent career opportunities for young people but are also beneficial for the economy as well. The National Audit Office, which looks at the impact of government policies, estimates that for every £1 spent on apprenticeships the economy benefits by £18.
Speaking about apprenticeships, Stephen Williams MP said:
"More and more young people are learning the skills they need for well-paid careers, not just in a classroom or lecture theatre, but also in factories or on building sites.
"The most important thing for me is that, unlike work experience, apprenticeships are paid jobs. Together with my Lib Dem colleagues I have worked hard to ensure that young people have this opportunity to start earning while still getting the fully funded training they need for their future."