We need to create more local opportunities for our young and retain them here in the constituency

We need to create more local opportunities for our young and retain them here in the constituency. I discussed this with one of our newly appointed Apprenticeship Ambassadors – Debbie Williams from Chippenham based John Williams Heating Services Ltd.

Since 2010 the Conservatives have worked with local employers and colleges to ensure that 2,890 people have started an apprenticeship in the Chippenham constituency, giving young people the chance to earn a salary and gain a qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.

In this area we are crying out for skilled workers and vocational training that is why it is so important that we work with local job creators to establish apprenticeship roles.

The Conservatives have created over 2.1 million apprenticeships in this Parliament. We are giving young people the skills they need to succeed and get on in life. The average earnings of a person with a Level 2 apprenticeship three to five years after qualifying is 11% higher than someone who starts the qualification but does not finish it.

The Conservative Party is making it easier to hire apprentices, we are giving cash bonuses for small companies taking on young apprentices. We are offering employers with 50 employees or fewer up to £1,500 for taking on an apprentice aged between 16 and 24.

Encouraging and enabling companies to take on a young apprentice is essential. We are abolishing employers National Insurance Contributions on earnings up to the upper earnings limit for apprentices aged under 25.

It is now quicker and easier for employers to take on an apprentice. The National Apprenticeships Service and training providers will be required to ensure that every employer is able to advertise a vacancy within one month of deciding to take on an apprentice.