Mark Tami Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Mark Tami MP is supporting National Apprenticeship Week this week and will be visiting apprentices in Airbus on Friday to discuss apprenticeships and see the work that they carry out.

National Apprenticeship Week was set up in 2008 by the last Labour Government as part of its commitment to apprenticeships. In 1997/8 there were only 65,000 young people in apprenticeships by 2009/10 this had risen dramatically to just under 280,000.

Mark Tami MP said, ‘Apprenticeships are vital to our economy, with over 900,000 young people out of work it is important that the UK Government does more to help firms create apprenticeships.’

The Labour party are calling on the Government to spend the money that it already spends on public procurement on creating apprenticeships.

The Alyn & Deeside MP added, ‘The coalition parties should look at the work carried out by the Welsh Assembly Government. I know that the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates AM, is determined that young people in Wales should have to access to such opportunities and not become part of a lost generation.’