David Ruffley: "Better news for the young people of Bury St Edmunds - new figures show apprenticeships are up from 2009 / 2010 academic year in Bury St Edmunds"

Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

Fresh data shows that 870 apprenticeships were delivered in Bury St Edmunds in the 2010/11 academic year, an increase of 16% on 2009/2010.

Local MP David Ruffley said 'This is better news for the businesses and young people in the Bury St Edmunds area. The rise in apprenticeship numbers, particularly in advanced 'A' level equivalent qualifications, shows the Government's commitment to helping employers train the skilled workers they need to build a stronger Suffolk economy.

This Government is putting practical learning at the centre of our national life, restoring the purposeful pride that builds successful careers, drives prosperity and forges strong communities. But we must do more - by stripping away red tape for small firms and continuing to create even more apprenticeships in coming years. And to help young people who currently lack basic skills make the grade for an apprenticeship, the Access to Apprenticeships programme will provide 10,000 work experience and training opportunities every year.'