Robin has welcomed new figures showing that more than 5,000 new apprenticeships have been started by people in Worcester since 2010. This means more young people earning and learning, getting the skills they need for a successful and secure future, as they do locally at providers such as Worcester’s Heart of Worcestershire College and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire group training association.

This local growth in apprenticeships has been part of a wider increase, with 315,760 started in the West Midlands since May 2010, and over 2.6 million new apprenticeships across England. The new figures also show progress towards the Conservatives’ commitment to deliver 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020 – with 268,000 already started in this parliament.

The Worcestershire LEP celebrated achieving 10,000 apprenticeships underway at one time in 2014 and Robin Walker, who is an apprenticeship ambassador in Parliament has set the objective of targeting 15,000 during the course of this term.

Robin said:

“These figures are fantastic news. More than 5,000 new apprenticeships started locally since 2010 means more young people in Worcester getting the skills to get on in life and do well – as they are at businesses like Mazak, Compco and Worcester Bosch. It is fantastic to see that across our County more than 28,000 apprenticeships have been started during the time I have been in Parliament. I want to work with our LEP, our Chamber and local businesses to make sure even more are started in the years to come.”

“Apprenticeships have been a core part of our plan to deliver a more secure future for young people, which is why we committed to deliver 3 million more high quality apprenticeships by 2020 – with these figures confirming we are already making progress towards that. The record lows for youth unemployment locally also reflect this success. By delivering this we will ensure more young people earning and learning, with the prospect of a good job and a more secure future ahead of them.”

“I met the new careers & enterprise company in Parliament yesterday to see how we can boost the take up of apprenticeships in local schools and colleges and I want to see this successful programme accelerate in the years to come.”


Notes to Editors

For Robin’s previous campaigning on apprenticeships see:

Over 2.6 million apprenticeships have been started since May 2010. Since May 2010 there have been 2.62 million apprenticeship starts in England. The latest figures also show that the number of under-19s on apprenticeships has increased, and there has also been growth in higher level apprenticeships (BIS press release, 21 January 2016, link).

268,000 new apprenticeships have already been started this parliament. This is based on new provisional figures for apprenticeship starts August to October 2015 (BIS press release, 21 January 2016, link).

3 million more high quality apprenticeships by 2020. As committed to in the Conservative manifesto we will deliver three million high quality apprenticeships in this parliament. As announced in the Summer Budget with a levy on large UK employers, who will be able to control how the funding is spent to ensure that young people are getting the skills that employers need. This levy will be worth £3 billion by 2019/20 (HM Treasury, Summer Budget 2015, 8 July 2015, link; HM Treasury, Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, November 2015, link).

Recent figures also show that the proportion of young people who have left full-time education has fallen to a record low. There is more to do, but the proportion of young people not in full-time education and out of work is now at a record low of 14.1 per cent. The employment rate for this group is not at 74.6 per cent – the highest in over a decade (BIS, Individualised Learner Record, 21 January 2016; ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 20 January 2016, link).

Regional statistics

Region Starts since May 2010


North East 189,970
North West 439,250
Yorkshire and The Humber 323,310
East Midlands 245,360
West Midlands 315,760
East of England 237,940
London 235,250
South East 348,350
South West 280,450
England Total 2,615,600

(BIS: Individualised Learner Record, 21 January 2016).

Constituency statistics

Parliamentary Constituency  

Apprenticeship Starts since 2009/2010

Bromsgrove 4,450
Mid Worcestershire 4,340
Redditch 5,220
West Worcestershire 3,780
Worcester 5,020
Wyre Forest 5,390
Worcestershire Total 28,200