The number of apprenticeships in Birmingham has jumped by almost a quarter, Government data shows.
There have been 56,100 apprenticeship starts in Birmingham since May 2010 and apprenticeship starts in the city are up by 23 per cent in 2014/15 compared with the previous year.
With National Apprenticeship Week upon us, Skills Minister Nick Boles said apprenticeships were “one of the great successes of the decade”.
He said every pound of Government investment in apprenticeships delivering £28 of benefit to the economy.
Mr Boles said: “We want to give all young people a chance to make the most of their talents and create a better life for themselves. That’s exactly why we are committed to creating three million apprenticeships by 2020.
“Businesses and colleges in Birmingham should be congratulated for helping apprenticeships move from strength to strength. I am hugely proud of the success we have achieved together and look forward to even more of Birmingham’s young people getting the chance to work hard and get on.”
The number of people starting higher apprenticeships that deliver the technical skills the UK economy vitally needs has grown significantly. Across England there were 19,800 starts on higher apprenticeships in 2014/15, an increase of 115 per cent on the previous year.