Labour’s Jarrow candidate pledges support for apprentices

LEARNING THEIR TRADE: Apprentice builders.
LEARNING THEIR TRADE: Apprentice builders.

THE Labour Party candidate for the Jarrow Constituency has pledged support to his party’s commitment to apprenticeships.

Stephen Hepburn says a Labour government will make sure that every young person who wants an apprenticeship and gets the grades will be able to access one.

Currently there are six times as many apprenticeships in Germany than in England and 70 per cent of these apprenticeships are for existing employees not new job seekers.

Mr Hepburn said: “I’m pleased that a Labour government will make sure that every young person who wants an apprenticeship and gets the grades will be able to access one.

“Failing to invest in strong technical and vocational education for our future economy has been a historic failing of past governments.

“We will create 100,000 new apprenticeships that will last two years and help young people to gain a technical baccalaureate, recognised by industry.

“And we will also insist that any firm getting £1m or more of public money must take on apprenticeships as a condition of their contract.”

The other candidates in Jarrow are: Stan Collins (Liberal Democrat), Norman Hall (TUSC), Nick Mason (Conservative), Steve Harrison (UKIP) and David Herbert (Green).