Stewart Jackson, MP for Peterborough, has welcomed the Government’s comprehensive plan to help people gain better skills and improve their chances of getting a well-paid job.

In recent months, the Government has:

• Confirmed a huge 63 per cent increase in the number of people starting an apprenticeship in the Coalition’s first year.

• Set out plans for advanced learning loans to fund further education for those aged 24 and over, which will only be repaid when the learner has found well-paid work.

• Launched the first ever all-age National Careers Service, helping young people and adults find the right jobs for them.

• Announced 25,000 Higher Apprenticeships, giving people the chance to acquire skills up to degree level.

• Set up the first Community Learning Trusts to boost the number of adults in learning.

Stewart Jackson said:

Conservatives in Government have delivered a massive boost to skills. More people are starting an apprenticeship than ever before, thousands 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.

“By introducing a system of advanced learning loans which are paid back when learners are in well-paid work, the Government has ensured more people can access high quality further education.

“I urge Ministers to do even more and I hope young people and adults in Peterborough take advantage of the fantastic opportunities to gain new skills which are now available to them.”

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