With national Apprenticeship Week starting today , London Mayor Boris Johnson is set to announce the capital’s government is on target to create more than 3,000 apprenticeships over the next three years. The positions are being created across the Greater London Authority group, with “at least” 1,000 positions being created each year until 2012.
650 adult and 115 young apprenticeships are to be created by Transport for London and its contractors with an additional 150 positions created by the Metropolitan Police Service and Metropolitan Police Authority.
Mayor Johnson says he is “confident that London will emerge from this downturn strong and ready to challenge what will undoubtedly be stiff competition. But we must be ready and that means, even during this uncertain period, we must keep up our training schemes so we have a skilled workforce for the future.”
“At the GLA, we are pushing forward by expanding current programmes and creating new ones and I urge employers from across London’s sectors to follow our lead and seek the wealth of advice and support that is out there. In my role as Chair of the London Skills and Employment Board I am ensuring we make it a highest priority to provide the best possible support to London’s businesses.”
Apprenticeship Week is being supported by the Learning and Skills Councils. An advertising campaign featuring Sir Alan Sugar is currently running on tV with further ads to run on radio and in the print media from February 23rd.
For more information about apprenticeships visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk