Thousands benefiting from apprenticeships
1,520 apprenticeship schemes have started in the city in the last 12 months alone.
Thousands of young people inÂ Brighton and Hove have benefitedÂ from apprenticeships in the last four years - with 1,520 schemes startedÂ in the last 12 months alone.
New figures show that 7,030Â apprenticeship schemes have beenÂ started in Brighton and Hove sinceÂ 2010, split relatively evenly acrossÂ the city.
Broken down into electoral wardsÂ the statistics show businesses inÂ Brighton Kemptown have offeredÂ 2,700 since 2010 - 590 starting in theÂ last 12 months. Hove has seen 2,340Â apprenticeships in the same period -Â with 520 started in the last year, andÂ Brighton Pavilion 1,990 in total andÂ 410 in the last year.
The coalition government hasÂ prioritised finding apprenticeshipÂ places for young people and DavidÂ Cameron has pledged to fund anÂ extra three million places across the
UK by 2020.
Clarence Mitchell, theÂ Conservative parliamentaryÂ candidate for Brighton Pavilion,Â welcomed the statistics. He said:Â 'These figures are great news - 1,990 new apprenticeships sinceÂ 2010 means more young people inÂ Brighton Pavilion getting the skillsÂ they'll need for the future, as theyÂ are locally at Brighton and HoveÂ City Council and many other cityÂ employers.'
Unemployment among the 18-24 age group is also falling locally,Â according to figures published byÂ the House of Commons Library.
The number of people claimingÂ Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) inÂ the age range last month droppedÂ significantly in each electoral wardÂ in Brighton and Hove.
Brighton Kemptown had 315 JSAÂ claimants aged 18-24 in September,Â a figure 150 less than the same timeÂ last year. That represents a drop ofÂ 32.3%. In Hove that figure was 235 -Â down 105 claimants, or 30.9%, fromÂ last year. And in Brighton PavilionÂ was 315 - down 125, or 28.4% fromÂ last year.
JSA claimants also fell overall.Â Brighton Kemptown recorded 1,268Â total claimants which was 514 fewerÂ than last year. Hove had 1,224 '“ 583Â less; while Brighton Pavilion sawÂ JSA claimants in September drop byÂ 463 to 1,280.
Union bosses, however, claimÂ the figures do not accuratelyÂ illustrate the current economicÂ climate because they fail to takeÂ into account the often low levels ofÂ pay being given to workers, manyÂ of whom have increasingly insecureÂ employment and reduced workingÂ hours.