Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed figures which show that 1,240 people started an apprenticeship between August 2014 and January 2015 in the Gosport constituency.

Forty nine per cent of these apprenticeship starts were in the engineering and manufacturing technologies sector, demonstrating the strength of this industry in the Gosport area. The Daedalus Enterprise Zone is a hub of advanced manufacturing and engineering, with the new CEMAST skills centre accommodating apprenticeships operated by companies such as Britten-Norman, BAE and Vector Aerospace.

In total, there have been 9,490 apprenticeship starts in the Gosport constituency since 2010, the second highest of all constituencies in the South East.

Caroline commented:

"These figures reaffirm our area's excellent track record of providing solid training opportunities for young people and I am particularly pleased that such a large proportion of these apprenticeships are rooted in the engineering and manufacturing sector.

Apprenticeships are a great alternative to students who don't necessarily want to take the traditional route of further education and can set participants on a lifelong career path within a given company, developing invaluable skills on their way."

Across England, over 2.2 million apprenticeships have been started since 2010.