Builder and apprentice in front of new tower block
Builder and apprentice in front of new tower block

Labour Leader, Keir Starmer, is today pledging to back opportunities for young people to earn and learn as Labour analysis shows the Conservatives are failing to deliver on their promises to young people.

Labour analysis shows that under the Conservatives apprenticeships have declined by a third since 2015, with a particular drop among young learners:

  • For under 25s apprenticeship starts have declined 40% in five years;
  • While among young learners from the poorest backgrounds this decline has been even starker with apprenticeship starts falling by 52%.

Labour’s ‘Jobs Promise’ would provide opportunities for young people to earn and learn, providing quality training, education or employment opportunities for young people who have been out of work, education or training for six months. Alongside this, Labour’s plan for a green economic recovery would create 400,000 secure jobs in low-carbon industries across the country such as steel and the automotive industry, creating new employment prospects.

Labour has also called on the Government to use the underspend from the apprenticeships levy to create an apprentice wage subsidy and boost opportunities during the pandemic. Last year this could have created 85,000 new apprenticeship opportunities for young people aged 16 – 24.

Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:

“Apprenticeships should be a gold standard training opportunity, but they have been neglected by successive Conservative governments which have entrenched inequalities and denied young people the opportunities they need.

“Labour’s is committed to helping every young person make a strong start to their working lives with quality training and employment opportunities helping them to develop the skills our economy needs.”

Read Labour’s full press release here.

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