Bulwell MP Graham Allen is calling for action following a decline in apprenticeships in his constituency.
Speaking during National Apprenticeship Week, the Nottingham North member wants to highlight the need for alternatives for school leavers.
“It is vital our young people are given a choice between going into further education after leaving school or entering the field of work through an apprenticeship scheme,” said Mr Allen. “It is worrying that fewer 16 and 17 year olds are starting apprenticeships.”
Figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills show that a total of 1,280 people started apprenticeships in 2014. Down from 1,470 in 2013, meaning there are 190 fewer apprenticeships last year.
The Labour MP added: “This week is National Apprenticeships Week where businesses will be encouraged to take on more apprenticeships.
“Education is important, but many young people thrive while doing an apprenticeship where they learn practical skills which often leads to a secure job.”
Bulwell Academy has been proactively running several events this week highlighting the benefits and availability of apprenticeship schemes to their students.
“We are keen to champion the importance of apprenticeships and we actively encourage them to apply for placements,” said school spokesman, Alison Bingham. “In the summer of last year, J Wright Roofing of Bulwell recruited eight of our students as apprentice roofers and just last week, local employer Oak Field Construction met with students and encouraged them to apply for potential apprenticeship places within the construction industry after their exams.”
Assemblies have been held with apprentices from Nottingham City Homes sharing their experiences of ‘learning whilst they earn’ and on Wednesday a large Apprenticeship Information Evening for all parents and students was held to enable them to try practical trades as well as meet apprenticeship providers.
and employers who can provide lots of practical support.