MP: Apprenticeships are just the job

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EVIDENCE that apprenticeships are changing lives has been announced along with encouraging national unemployment figures.

The jobless total fell by 45,000 to 2.6million in the quarter to March, the lowest since last summer, while the number on jobseeker’s allowance last month was down by 13,700 to 1.59 million.

In South Holland, the number of people claiming benefits was 1,909, up 162 on the year.

But in spite of the slight rise, it is firmly believed apprenticeships are the way forward in improving job prospects.

MP for South Holland and the Deepings John Hayes said a new report shows Britain’s apprentices are getting promoted, improving their confidence and taking on more responsibility in the workplace.

The results are taken from the Apprentice Learner Survey of 5,000 apprentices. They show almost nine in ten apprentices are satisfied and one third of individuals who had finished had received a promotion.

Mr Hayes said: “I am delighted by these impressive survey results.

“We are succeeding in making apprenticeships a gold standard option for ambitious young people and sending a crystal clear message that technical excellence is as essential and highly valued as academic prowess.”

A local success story is trainee chef Joshua Cook (18), who left school with no qualifications when he was taken on by manager Jake Smith at the Deer’s Leap pub in Weston.

In a story in the Lincolnshire Free Press, he said he hoped to join the RAF as a chef: “I didn’t really have any qualifications when I left school, but this has completely changed my future.”