R Boris Johnson yesterday promised to generate 1,000 apprenticeships every week over the course of the next mayoral term if he is elected on 3 May – double his existing commitment.
“We’re going to create 200,000 jobs and it is absolutely vital that young people in London should have the skills, motivation and attitude to get the jobs when they are created,” he said.
“Apprenticeships are so important because there’s no point in creating jobs if they’re taken by talented people coming in from other countries.”
Companies including Microsoft, HSBC, Virgin Media have offered apprenticeships under Johnson’s scheme.
The Mayor also revealed to young apprentices in Lambeth that his first job was campaigning against the Greater London Council in the 1980s but he quit after realising he “didn’t actually believe” in the cause he was espousing.