MP welcomes record low in levels of youth unemployment

Lucy Frazer

Lucy Frazer - Credit: Archant

Youth unemployment is at a record low in South East Cambridgeshire, according to Government figures.

A report released last Wednesday show a significant decrease in the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in the region.

For the constituency of South-East Cambridgeshire, the figures show that seventy 18-24-year-olds claimed Jobseekers’ Allowance this month.

It is the lowest figure on record, down from a total of 365 claimants in April 2010.

A total of 1,340 young people are currently enrolled onto apprenticeships in South East Cambridgeshire.

MP Lucy Frazer welcomed these figures.

She said: “It is excellent news that just 70 young people last month have claimed job seekers allowance across the whole of South-East Cambridgeshire.

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“We must continue to ensure that young people have access to good quality apprenticeships, education and training. I was delighted to be invited last week to Cambridge Regional College to see how local businesses are supporting colleges and apprentices, to make sure they have access to the best opportunities possible.”

Mrs Frazer also raised the issue of apprenticeships with the secretary of state during the debate on skills and growth on Wednesday pressing not only for apprenticeships but good quality apprenticeships.