Southwark ‘on track’ for apprentice target

Chiara Giordano (07 September, 2017) Politics Education Business

Three years ago, Southwark Labour pledged to create 2,000 apprenticeships for Southwark residents by May 2018 if elected

11968Mayor Sadiq Khan and council leader Peter John take a tour of the Construction Skills Centre in Elephant Park

Southwark is on track to meets its apprenticeship target by 2018, figures have revealed.

Before the last election, Southwark Labour pledged to create 2,000 apprenticeships for Southwark residents by May 2018 if elected.

Figures released by London Councils show that the borough is on track to meet its target three years later, with a total of 1,265 apprenticeships created so far.

The 544 apprenticeships created in Southwark in the last year alone account for a quarter of the total number of apprenticeships created across London last year, and three times more than the next best-performing borough.

Councillor Johnson Situ, cabinet member for business, culture and social regeneration, said: “In 2014 we set ourselves the ambitious target to create 2,000 apprenticeships in the borough.

“I am delighted that by working with our carefully selected partners across the borough we’ve made great strides in supporting hundreds of residents to take up an apprenticeship over the last year.

“We made this manifesto commitment to ensure that every resident has the skills to take advantage of the opportunities within the borough, ensuring no resident is left behind.

“It has been a challenge to deliver this promise in the face of ever increasing cuts from this Conservative Government and at a time when many councils are having to scale back on services, but Southwark Labour remains ambitious for our residents as we draw ever closer to achieving our manifesto commitment.”