MP welomes rise in jobs

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A MAJOR regional increase in apprenticeships has been welcomed by Sir Alan Beith MP.

Figures released earlier this week show that more than 24,000 people in the North East began apprenticeships this year – a 73 per cent rise compared to 2009/10.

The Government is aiming to create additional places for this kind of work and Sir Alan, MP for the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency, hopes that the numbers will continue to increase so a strong number of Northumberland residents are able to benefit.

He said: “This is the biggest increase in apprenticeships across the regions outside London and I’m pleased to see that the North East performing so well.

“Unemployment, particularly among younger people, is a big issue in Northumberland.

“Apprenticeships are a great way of getting into work as they provide people with the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

“I will continue to push for the Government to see through its plans to make it easier for organisations to take on apprentices so that both local people and businesses can continue to reap the benefits, especially in rural areas like the Berwick upon Tweed constituency.”