18th November 2019

Today, Labour announced plans to reform the apprenticeship levy to better meet the needs of employers and tackle the climate emergency. 

A Labour government will create​ a climate apprenticeship programme to deliver 320,000 apprenticeships in England during its first term in government.

Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution will be a central motor of Labour’s plans to transform our country and economy, using public investment to create good, clean jobs, tackle the climate emergency and rebuild held back towns, cities and communities.

Climate Apprenticeships will offer training to school leavers and workers looking to change jobs mid-career, creating the engineers, technicians and construction workers we need to transition to a green economy.

Climate Apprenticeships will be funded by diverting 25 per cent of the funds employers already set aside through the Apprenticeship Levy and topped up by any dividends over the cap paid into Labour’s Inclusive Ownership Funds.

Labour’s Richard Quigley said:

“As MP, I will ensure that Island businesses and young people will benefit from Labour’s new apprenticeships”

“The Island already has a significant green technology industry, and the Isle of Wight college provides excellent training for many of our young people, working with local employers.”

“This election is our last chance to tackle the climate emergency. The Tories have failed to invest in our economy, failed to deliver apprenticeships and failed to face up to the climate emergency.”

“The Island has the firms and the talented young people. What it doesn’t have is the investment and commitment from government. But the new Labour government will provide that investment, and as Labour MP, I will ensure the Island benefits.”