Monday 13 September 2021 / 4:09 PM Apprenticeships / Toby Perkins

Toby Perkins responds to the Government falling 15,000 short on its apprenticeships creation target

Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Further Education and Skills, responding to the ‘Plan for Jobs: Progress Update’ report showing the Government has fallen 15,000 short on its apprenticeships creation target and almost 20,000 short on traineeships, said:

“Young people and employers have been failed by the Conservatives’ irresponsible handling of the Covid crisis and a decade of neglect which has shut young people out of the training opportunities they need.

“Skills and retraining should be a vital part of our economic recovery, but the Conservatives have shown themselves incapable of reversing the decline in apprenticeships which has seen over 188,000 opportunities lost under their leadership with 2020 seeing the lowest number of 16 and 17-year-olds starting an apprenticeship since the 1980s.

“Labour has set out an ambitious plan to create 100,000 new apprenticeship opportunities for young people harnessing their skills and capabilities to fuel our economic recovery post-pandemic.”