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Conservatives plan for 200,000 more apprentices

The UK needs higher skills across all sectors if it is to remain competitive in an increasingly globalised world, warns John Penrose, Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Regulatory Reform.

Speaking yesterday at a conference for the National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS), the independent education charity, Mr Penrose said: “If we are going to earn a living in an increasingly globalised world, we have to have a far higher average rate of skills in Britain’s economy than we have had in the past.

“Our plans at the moment are to have 20,000 more graduates than we have had in the past, but also far more apprentices – 200,000 more apprentices is what we reckon we can afford at the moment by redeploying money from elsewhere.”

The Shadow Minister was NSAFS’s keynote speaker at its conference for South West financial services employers.

The charity was set up in the South West 12 months ago. It is working with employers of all sizes to provide a knowledgeable and supportive service, assisting their skills and training requirements.

Jason Rainbow

(Pictured L-R: NSAFS regional chair Paul Beesley, John Penrose MP and NSAFS chief executive Sylvia Perrins)

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