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Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry backs new skills’ initiative
3:00pm Thursday 16th August 2012 in Darwen
AN East Lancashire MP has commended Goverment plans which aim to help people of all ages gain new skills and improve their chances of getting a well-paid job.
Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry spoke after the Government announced that the number of young people starting apprenticeships had increased by 63 per cent in the coalition’s first year.
Mr Berry said: “More people than ever before are starting an apprenticeship. Thousands of people now have the opportunity to do an apprenticeship to degree level, and we finally have a Careers Service that can meet the needs of young people and adults alike.”
There have also been plans laid out for specially-tailored loans, similar to those recieved by undergraduates, which would be made available to those aged 24 and over — only to be repaid once the learner starts earning an income which is over a threshold value.