CALLING ON GOVERNMENT to boost apprenticeships

apprenticeship weekAndrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has condemned the Tory-led government on the shortage of quality apprenticeships. He has also joined Tameside Labour colleagues and some successful local apprentices at Ashton town hall to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.

(Andrew is photographed with local apprentices and Council Leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn, Lifelong Learning Executive Member, Cllr Ged Cooney and Stalybridge & Hyde MP, Jonathan Reynolds)

During National Apprenticeship Week, Labour will table a motion in Parliament pressing the government to use public procurement to create apprenticeships by requiring firms that win contracts over £1 million offer apprenticeships as recommended by the cross-party BIS Select Committee.

Ed Miliband has already given examples of how this approach could work in practice, saying that a One Nation Labour Government would ensure the creation of 33,000 new apprenticeships from the high-speed rail (HS2) project.

And here in Tameside the Labour Council has boosted apprenticeship numbers by developing strategies to use procurement contracts to create apprenticeship opportunities for young people locally.

National Apprenticeship Week was set up by Labour in government and is now in its sixth year.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

With hundreds of young people in Denton and Reddish struggling to find a job, we need to do all we can to help increase quality apprenticeship opportunities leading to a successful future career.

“That’s why Labour is backing plans to use public procurement to boost apprenticeship numbers, and here in Labour-controlled Tameside, we can see the difference that the Council is making with its innovative apprentice scheme in action.”

“The Tories would rather prioritise tax cuts for millionaires instead of investing in the futures of our young people and that tells you all you need to know about this Tory-led government.”

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