Number of apprenticeships double

Conservative candidate for Corby and East Northants Chris Emmett
Conservative candidate for Corby and East Northants Chris Emmett

New statistics show the number of apprenticeships in Corby and East Northamptonshire soared to 1,160, a record high.

The number of people starting an apprenticeship in Corby has doubled to more than a thousand, with 1,160 people starting an apprenticeship in Corby in 2011-12, an increase of 104 per cent.

A record half a million people started an apprenticeship last year in the United Kingdom.

The Conservative Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the Corby and East Northants seat, Christine Emmett, said: “It is excellent news that the number of apprentices in Corby and East Northamptonshire has more than doubled.

“We all know that apprenticeships matter – it’s win for the employer, who gets loyal well trained staff and a win for the apprentice, who get a chance to learn and earn at the same time.

“Businesses across all sectors can benefit from taking on apprentices by harnessing fresh new talent and filling potential skill gaps.

“If elected I will work with businesses and organisations to encourage them to offer more apprenticeships to the young people of Corby and East Northamptonshire.”