Two million apprenticeships have been created in the UK since 2010 with 4,340 people in Burnley and Padiham getting a vital start in life.
Gordon Birtwistle, MP for Burnley and Padiham, said apprenticeships offered by local companies performed a crucial role in the local economy.
“Apprenticeships are a vital part of building a stronger economy and a fairer society. By ensuring young people are able to earn and learn, we give them the opportunity to get on it life.
“That is why I am delighted young people in Burnley and Padiham have benefited from fantastic training and employment opportunities that apprenticeships offer.
“I’ve seen for myself at Aircelle, Calico, McDonalds and many other companies in Burnley and Padiham the benefit apprenticeships can give to young people and I’m delighted that over two million young people across England have been able to take advantage.”
"I was an apprentice myself when I left school so I know how important an apprenticeship can be in giving young people a career for years - and for many, a job for life. As the Government's spokesperson on apprenticeships, I am delighted that we have hit this milestone and I hope that we will see 25% of twenty five year olds having had an apprenticeship by 2020."
Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills Vince Cable MP said:
“Reaching the two millionth apprenticeship is testament to Liberal Democrat’s commitment to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships give young people the chance to start a career and give businesses the talent to grow.
“This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to legal services, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need.
“That is why the Liberal Democrats made them a priority when we entered office and I am delighted that we have been able to deliver on our promise to have two million apprentices start in this Parliament.”