Apprenticeship figures welcomed by election candidate

Louth and Horncastle Conservative Parliamentary candidate Victoria Atkins
Louth and Horncastle Conservative Parliamentary candidate Victoria Atkins

New figures showing 430 new apprenticeships were started by people in Louth and Horncastle between August and January have been welcomed by the Conservative general election candidate for the constituency.

In total 3510 new apprenticeships have been started in Louth and Horncastle since 2010 and more than 2.2 million across England

Victoria Atkins said: “These figures are fantastic news. 3510 new apprenticeships since 2010 means more young people in Louth and Horncastle getting the skills to succeed and get on in life.

“We are giving young people proper training and the prospect of a better future. Millions of young people are getting a good start in life, learning a trade, and knowing the purpose and pride that comes with that.”

The Conservative Party is pledging to deliver three million apprenticeships by 2020, funded by reducing the maximum amount that can be claimed on benefits from £26,000 to £23,000, and limiting young people’s access to housing benefit.