Gill Furniss MP is calling on the government to adopt Labour’s plan to create 12,970 new apprenticeships for young people in Yorkshire and the Humber ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.
National Apprenticeships Week recognises the enormous contribution made by apprentices and their employers in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, giving people the chance to earn as they learn and delivering the skills our country needs to prosper. However, under the Conservatives these training opportunities have been disappearing especially for young people. The government has overseen a decline in apprenticeship starts of 720 in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough since 2010.
To reverse this downward trend and secure the skills our country needs for the future, Labour has called on the government to introduce a wage subsidy which could have created 12,970 new apprenticeships in Yorkshire and the Humber this year. This subsidy would be funded from underspent funding in the apprenticeships levy – a charge large employers have to pay to government.
Backed by the Association of Employers and Learning Providers (AELP), Labour’s plan could have created 100,000 new apprenticeships for 16-24-year olds across England this year.
Gill Furniss MP, said:
“I’m pleased to back National Apprenticeship Week, recognising the enormous contribution made by apprentices to our economy and wider society.
“However, the Government is failing to create the opportunities young people and our local economy in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough need to prosper.
“I am calling on the Government to adopt Labour’s wage subsidy policy to boost opportunities for young people to secure our economy post pandemic.”