City companies get investment grant
CAV Aerospace in Durham, which manufactures aircraft components such as ice protection systems, is receiving £1.4 million which, with £8.2 million of its own investment, will generate 78 jobs and keep another 105. A £750,000 grant will boost a £3.2 million investment by the city's Greencroft Bottling in new production lines and IT systems.
Mr Clegg will also use his tour of several regional businesses to promote a Liberal Democrat job-creation push which includes a target of doubling the number of firms offering apprenticeships.
He said the Government needs to be "more ambitious" for young people as he claimed credit for his party's role within the Tory-led coalition administration in "encouraging employment". MPs and local parties have been tasked with highlighting the Lib Dem contribution at "action days" across the country.
The Government has already introduced many successful policies, he said, "but we need to do more, starting with a major apprenticeships drive".
Mr Clegg said: "More and more young people are learning the skills they need for well-paid careers, not just in a classroom or lecture theatre but in the office or on the shop floor - and they're getting paid for it.
"Vince Cable and I made this a priority when we came into office and the coalition is investing record sums in helping firms hire and train apprentices. We're also cutting red tape so it's easier for smaller firms to take people on.
"But there are still firms and young people missing out. We have nearly five million businesses in the UK but little more than 100,000 currently offer apprenticeships. We need to be more ambitious; I want to see that number double to 200,000.
"Over time, I want to see apprenticeships viewed as a much more mainstream route to work. They're a crucial building block for the stronger economy and fairer society we all seek, enabling everyone to get on in life."
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