It's encouraging to see more and more young people taking advantage of apprenticeships to get the skills and experience they need. Figures released by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that show 900 local young people have started apprenticeships in the last year. A total of 4,030 young people have started apprenticeships in Dover and Deal since 2010.
Across the South East there has been an 8% rise in new apprenticeship starts, with 65,000 young people starting apprenticeships in 2014/15. Over 2.4 million apprenticeships were started across the country in the last Parliament.
Apprenticeships help people succeed in the workplace in jobs that will provide financial stability and security for their futures.
Youth unemployment in Dover and Deal has fallen dramatically, and it's clear that the new apprenticeships that have been created over the past few years have helped train young people to fill more of the skilled jobs in our area.
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