08.01.09

Government to Fund 35,000 Additional Apprentices

The Government has announced it will fund an additional 35,000 apprentices next year to help strengthen the country’s competitiveness and beat the economic downturn. A further £140 million is being made available to deliver new and additional apprentices nationally in both the public and private sectors.

The Government has already committed to increasing spending on apprentices in the next year to just under £1billion and the £140m is in addition to that. Over a quarter of a million apprentices are now expected to begin their training in the next financial year.

This move is seen as a key part of the Government’s wider initiatives to boost employment prospects in the downturn.

Skills Secretary, John Denham said: “Now more than ever it is important that we give people the real help they need to get and keep jobs. This is an important initiative and is a further signal of our determination to give people the chance to get the practical training they need to get on and to help ensure the country has the skilled workers it needs to benefit from the upturn.”

The additional 35,000 apprentices will work in both the public and private sectors. Both young people and adults are expected to benefit from the additional places.

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