Chester MP Stephen Mosley has welcomed news that 630 different companies are employing apprentices throughout the city. The Chester MP described the news as a credit to businesses’ commitment to the next generation and “a clear vindication of the Government’s long-term economic plan, which supports apprenticeships.”
The number of employers offering apprenticeships in Chester has been on the rise for three years. Back in 2010-11, 460 companies in Chester were offering them; last year, the equivalent figure was 630.
This has created more opportunities for young people, with figures showing the number of people starting apprenticeships in Chester had risen almost threefold since 2011 – 870 apprenticeships were started in 2012-13.
The MP said: “The good news for young people in our city keeps on coming. Businesses across Chester are delivering great opportunities for the next generation and it’s showing.
“Youth unemployment is down by more than half since 2009 and the number of apprenticeships is up almost threefold.
“This is fantastic news for young people in Chester and a clear vindication of the Government’s long-term economic plan, which supports apprenticeships.”
Those looking for apprenticeships should visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk.
As of April 2014, over 2,000 apprenticeships were being advertised in Cheshire.