Traineeship plans welcomed by MP
An MP has welcomed plans to set up a programme offering traineeships for young people searching for work.
The new scheme, announced by skills minister Matthew Hancock, will offer support to people between 16 and 24 to develop the confidence, skills and experience to compete in the labour market.
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, said: "This is great news for young people trying to get a foot on the work ladder.
"Some 910 people in North West Leicestershire started apprenticeships last year and this traineeship programme will help more young people like them get jobs."
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The Government has published a discussion paper on the proposals and is inviting views from the public.
Mr Hancock, minister for skills, said: "We want to support everyone in our country to reach their personal best.
"To do that, we are introducing traineeships to help young people with the skills they need to get a job, and hold down a job.
"That's vital for our economy to compete in the global race. And it's a question of fairness. Traineeships will give young people the helping hand and experience they need to compete for Apprenticeships and good jobs."