Apprentice numbers double in Croydon South in a single year
THE number of apprentices being taken on by businesses in the Croydon South constituency has nearly doubled in a year.
Latest statistics from the Data Service, which analyses post-16 education figures, show that in 2011/12, 670 people in the constituency started an apprenticeship, compared with 340 in the previous year.
The increase has been welcomed by Croydon South MP Richard Ottaway.
He said: "This is fantastic news for the people of Croydon South.
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"Despite the economic crisis raging in the background, the Government has invested heavily in ensuring that there are opportunities for people who are determined to improve their skills and get working."
He added: "Apprenticeships are great for our country and most of all for the people whose lives are being transformed by the opportunities they offer."
The Croydon South statistics reflect a trend throughout the country, as a record 520,600 people started an apprenticeship last year.