North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson has welcomed the news that an average of 59 apprenticeships per month have been created in North Cornwall creating more opportunities for young people living in the area.
Figures recently released by the Skills Funding Agency and the Government's Deapartment for Business show that Dan's campaign to create more apprenticeships is working.
3490 apprenticeships have been started in North Cornwall since August 2010, whilst provisional statistics show that an average of 59 apprenticeships have been created every month in the past year.
Dan has thanked local businesses for providing apprenticeship opportunities for young people in North Cornwall and praised Government schemes like the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers which provides funding to encourage employers to offer apprenticeship places and to help meet demand from young people. The average apprenticeship post receives 12 applications each, but in some sectors the level of demand is twice as high.
An extra £20 million of funding was announced earlier this year to support employers in ordering higher level apprenticeships, which are equivalent to university degrees and masters level qualifications.
Commenting Dan said "These figures are a testament to local businesses in our area and show that our work and campaigning to help people earn and learn through apprenticeships is making a massive difference in North Cornwall."
Apprenticeships are not only great for young people, but they also help our economy. The National Audit Office, which looks at the impact of Government policies, estimates that for every £1 spent on apprenticeships the economy benefits by up to £28.
This is why Dan is keen to build on the successes experienced in North Cornwall and he wants to do even more to help young people and support businesses to make apprenticeships of the highest possible quality.
More information about apprenticeship opportunities in Cornwall can be found at cornwallapprenticeships.com