Nick Clegg has revealed Labour’s secret plans to scrap half a million apprenticeships. Apparently Labour and their Union bosses see no value in this popular and effective way to help people into work, because they think they are ‘deadweight’.
This is the strongest signal yet that Labour can’t be trusted to build a stronger economy. Their wrecking plans would make it harder for young people to find good, well-paid jobs, and would damage the skills base in the British economy.
In a little-publicised paper written by the Labour Party, they propose to scrap Intermediate (level 2) Apprenticeships, replacing them with a downgraded “traineeship”.
The Liberal Democrats, the party most in favour of apprenticeships, have strongly condemned Labour’s backward and destructive plans.
While Liberal Democrat ministers such as Vince Cable, have created record numbers of apprentices, seeing over 1.6 million apprentices start since 2010, Labour’s plans would pull the rug from under the feet of a generation of young people.