MP hails rise in number of apprenticeships in Milton Keynes

Oct 25, 2014

Mr Lancaster (pictured), MP for Milton Keynes North, has welcomed the latest statistics showing 850 new apprenticeships were started in his constituency last year.

The latest statistics mean that a total 4,170 new apprenticeships have been started since 2010 in the constituency.

 Mr Lancaster said: “These figures are great news. Youth unemployment is being tackled head on, a subject that is key to our long term economic plan. 

“To see the positive results here in Milton Keynes with an increase of 850 apprenticeships since last year and to have the reassurances that there are more to come, means that our young people will be getting the skills they need for the future.”

Japanese engineering company SMC Pneumatics, which has its UK headquarters at Crownhill, offers a wide range of apprenticeship programmes.

Human resources manager Hayley Walker said: “Currently we have three general engineering apprentices, but will be recruiting another five in the next 12 to 18 months. The company will also be recruiting a further 25 graduates over the next two years to work in design, engineering and sales related roles.” 

Across England more than 1.9 million apprenticeships have been started since 2010. 

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