Commenting on the publication of new unemployment figures, Stephen, who is currently  Labour’s Acting Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said:  “Today’s rise in overall unemployment to 1.85 million, the first in over two years, is extremely concerning.  

“David Cameron and George Osborne must do far more to give every jobseeker the skills they need to find a job and build a career. Labour have repeatedly urged the government to increase the number of apprenticeships to build a highly skilled workforce, but ministers failed to act and last year the number of young people starting an apprenticeship fell.

“It’s time for the government to boost the number of apprenticeships to give everyone the chance to earn, learn and contribute.”

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AuthorStephen Timms