Labour warning as apprenticeships in London fall by 5,000

Labour has sounded the alarm over figures showing apprenticeship places have dropped by 5,000 in London.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna said the “door was closing” on school leavers searching for high quality training.

According to an analysis by the Commons library, there were 5,030 fewer apprenticeship starts across London in the last academic year compared to 2012/13, when there were 45,080.

Mr Umunna hit out during a visit to Park High School in Stanmore with shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves and education spokesman Tristram Hunt — the first time the three rising stars have carried out a joint event in London.

The figures come amid claims that some schemes do not teach high-grade skills. Professor Alison Wolf, who led a government review on vocational education in 2011, has criticised “supermarket stackers who are called apprentices”.

Mr Umunna said: “Under this government we’ve seen doors closing on young people. The number of apprenticeships is falling and there are concerns on quality being undermined, while tuition fees have been trebled.”

But a Tory spokeswoman said: “Under David Cameron this government has done more to back apprenticeships than any before. We’ve seen record numbers start an apprenticeship — over two million more — since 2010.”

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Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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