STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has today welcomed new statistics that show a record number of people in the constituency started apprenticeship in 2011/12. The data also has provisional results for the number of apprenticeship starts in April to June 2012 which show that 280 people started apprenticeships in just three months.
In the last financial year, 900 people started an apprenticeship in South Basildon and East Thurrock – an increase of 61% per cent compared to the last year of the Labour Government.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “With the world around us changing, we will only succeed in the global race when everyone is given the chance to reach their full potential and apprenticeships are a vital means through which this can be achieved.”
“Conservatives have dramatically increased the number of apprenticeships on offer compared to the last Labour Government. These record levels of apprenticeships are fantastic news for our country, for South Basildon and East Thurrock, and most of all for the people whose lives are being transformed by the opportunities they offer.”