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“Apprenticeships offer a great next step no matter what your exam results” Greg Mulholland MP

August 14, 2014 11:18 AM

Greg Mulholland MP has today congratulated young people across the UK and in his constituency of Leeds North West who are receiving their A-level results, and is reminding them that no matter what your exam results, you have an opportunity to get on in life.

Greg today highlighted the 1,960 young people who have started an apprenticeship in Leeds North West in the last four year allowing them to train whilst working in a real job and earning an income.

Greg said, "It is important to remember that University is not the 'only way' after A-level results - all young people should have an opportunity to get on in life and apprenticeships are a great way to ensure that."

The last few years have seen a big growth in the number of apprenticeships on offer and they are available across all business sectors. The biggest expansion in apprenticeships since the 1950s has enabled 1.8m youngsters to start schemes across the UK.

85 per cent of apprentices stay in employment after training, with some two thirds being offered a post with the employer they trained with.

Greg continued, "Here in Leeds apprenticeships are an unrivalled success story. These great schemes offer young people the chance to learn and get valuable work experience."

The Liberal Democrats have have made it easier for businesses to take on apprentices, giving 40,000 businesses grants of up to £1,500 for each young unemployed person they take on as an apprentice and putting £550m into improving college facilities for apprentices.