1,660 fewer of Wirral's young people out of work

The number of 18-24 year olds out of work in Wirral has fallen again - down to 880 in January, compared to 2,540 five years ago.

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and is part of a plan by the Conservatives to work with employers to create more apprenticeships.

Last year saw 491,000 apprenticeships created and, with the help of the new Apprenticeship Levy on the country's biggest companies, even more will be created.

Councillor Cherry Povall said: “Every school leaver in Wirral must have the opportunity to choose the future they want, whether it’s continuing at college or university, a job or apprenticeship or starting their own business.  

"We can only do this with a strong economy, with lower taxes on jobs and the businesses that create the jobs.  It's fantastic that so many more young people are now in education, employment or training.” 

Next month, the National Minimum Wage will increase to £7.38 for those aged 21-24, up from £4.92 an hour under Labour.