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Apprenticeships top 500,000

Apprenticeships top 500,000

The Coalition is starting to "turn the tide" on apprenticeships, Vince Cable said today after new figures showed over 500,000 new starts in 2011/12.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills revealed that apprenticeship starts had risen 13.9% year-on-year and over 86% since 2009/10, with growth in the engineering sector particularly strong.

"Today’s figures mean we are starting to turn the tide. Over half a million people took up an apprenticeship last year, showing that our investment in vocational skills is paying off," Dr Cable said.

Ed Miliband this morning urged the Government to expand opportunities by creating 33,000 new apprenticeships linked to the construction of high speed rail.

"What I’m saying today is, let’s say to every company that gets a contract under high-speed rail from the Government ‘you’ve got to provide apprenticeships. It’s a  deal – you get the contract but you’ve got to provide apprenticeships’," Mr Miliband told ITV's Daybreak.

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