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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Eastbourne Apprenticeship success brought to Westminster

March 26, 2014 12:31 PM

Earlier this week Stephen Lloyd MP spoke in Parliament in praise of Eastbourne's record on apprenticeships. He spoke during the Deputy Prime Minister's Question Time, highlighting Eastbourne's 3,000 new apprenticeships in the last four years, and how he was the first MP after the General Election to launch the apprenticeship initiative - 100 apprentices in 100 days.

He said: "I reminded the Deputy Prime Minister of just how superbly our town had responded to my original apprenticeship campaign three years or so ago. And that Eastbourne had recruited an astonishing 3,000 new apprentices since the General Election, which is more than the previous six years put together! I also emphasised that it was absolutely essential, in my view, that we the retain Level 2 entry point for new apprentices otherwise our less academic young people will lose out, which to me is totally unacceptable."

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP responded: "I certainly share my hon. Friend's pride in the fact that this Government, led by [Vince Cable] in the Business Department, have spearheaded the largest expansion of apprenticeships in living memory. I am utterly dismayed that the Labour party wants to pull the rug out from under hundreds of thousands of youngsters on level 2 apprenticeships by no longer calling them apprentices. What a great way to support young people in our country!"

Since the success of Stephens's apprenticeship initiative, over 90 MP's across all the party's have emulated his 100x100 across the country leading to 1.4million new apprentices under the Coalition Government.