Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling on the government to provide more apprenticeships for young people in the Black Country.
Thousands of young people take up apprenticeships across the country to boost their skills and get hands on work experience.
Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, National Apprenticeship Week 2018 is the 11th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships in England and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses, local communities and the wider economy.
Government statistics show that there was a drop in the number of apprenticeships for under 24 year olds in Dudley North since 2014 from 600 to 530 in 2017.
Ian Austin said:
“We need to make education and skills our country’s number one priority so we can attract new businesses and jobs to replace those we have lost in traditional industries.
“Over the next 20 years there’s going to be huge growth in hi-tech industries and I want young people in Dudley to be at the forefront so I am grateful to businesses who offer the opportunity to young people to learn the skills for a rewarding career.
“I have met lots of young people who have benefitted from apprenticeships, but it’s not just good for them but for businesses too.
“Apprentices represent the future for our industries and it would be great to see more investment in apprenticeships to give youngsters the best experience to take them forward.”