The good economic news keeps on coming. Today we learnt that the economy grew another 0.8% in the past three months but everyone I speak to in Westminster knows that there is more to be done securing the recovery for everybody, but most especially our young people.
That’s why it was so heartening to read the latest figures showing workplaces employing apprentices in Mid-Bedfordshire. These show consistent growth since 2010, from 220, to 260 in 2011/2012 and now to 370 in 2012/2013.
Such access to workplace training is key to a rewarding and substantive career for many youngsters and the increase has been made possible by government reforms incentivising businesses to see the rewards they can reap by investing in a young person’s future.
So much of politics is about preserving what is good about society for the future generations and protecting them from the selfishness of our own. This is what drives government efforts to bring down our deficit and debt, why I call for more home building so our grandchildren will be able to afford somewhere to live and why more apprenticeships are so important in providing good jobs into the future.